South Street on New York City's waterfront

After joining the photographic unit of the Resettlement Administration in 1935, Carl Mydans was sent to document the living conditions of ordinary Americans in their urban settings. In New York City, housing shortages and the lack of relief aid offered to the unemployed during the Great Depression led homeless people to seek refuge among the rubble of the city. During the cold winter, four men huddled around a makeshift fire on the side of the street to warm themselves.
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Object Name
Date made
Winter 1935
Mydans, Carl
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 8 in x 10 in; 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York City
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Carl Mydans
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Carl Mydans
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Mydans, Carl. Carl Mydans, Photojournalist

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