Washing Day, Chicago 1950s

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4 Responses to “Washing Day, Chicago 1950s”

  1. Helen O'Neill Says:

    Such a beautiful, evocative image. Thank you so much for putting it online …

  2. Marlene Alvarado Says:

    Great photo! It is haunting and and a reminder that many people in the ’50s didn’t make it to the middle class. Many of us lived in poverty and as a latch key kid, my mother only wished she could stay home and take care of her children.

    • Thanks Marlene,
      Yes – Maggie spent many days hanging out on the streets with kids, whose parents were nowhere to be seen. They’d come to her in the morning and say, ‘You gonna take my picture lady?’. We have a great slide show on utube ‘I Don’t Do Sweet’ which tells the story well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbpj8caQy8k Hope you enjoy and thanks for your interest in the Diaz Collection. Best regards, Gwen De Lacy – Curator of the Diaz Collection

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