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A family making hairbrushes at home in the East End, c. 1900. Another family…

A family making hairbrushes at home in the East End, c. Another family living in dreadful conditions - look at the filthy floor, the children's clothes and the lack of good furniture.

Robert Capa - Chartres, France, August 18th, 1944: Just after the liberation of the town, this French woman who had had a baby with a German soldier has her head shaved as punishment.  During the middle ages, this mark of shame, denuding a woman of what was supposed to be her most seductive feature, was commonly a punishment for adultery. Shaving women's heads as a mark of retribution and humiliation was reintroduced in the 20th century and was widespread post WW2.

Such retaliation only perpetuates evil. Robert Capa - Chartres, France, August Just after the liberation of the town, this French woman who had had a baby with a German soldier has her head shaved as punishment.

January 1939. "Herrin, Illinois. Family on relief living in shanty at city dump." (Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration.)

Family on relief living in shanty at city dump, Herrin, Illinois, 1939 // Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration.

Telephone booth, c. 1970 Goksin Sipahioglu Now Image if this were a photo booth!

Review of the Poor Law Act 1832

The English Poor Laws essentially reinstated serfdom in Elizabethan England, reestablishing a system of exploitation in England.

In homes with usually only one room, the box-bed allowed some privacy and helped keep people warm during winter. It was the main furniture of rural houses in Brittany until the 20th century. by celia

In homes with usually only one room, the box-bed allowed some privacy and helped keep people warm during winter. It was the main furniture of rural houses in Brittany until the century. i think holland slept in similar 'bunk' box beds?

Laura Knight - Portrait - National Portrait Gallery

Laura Knight - Portrait - National Portrait Gallery

Mental hospital-how sad is this? Families surrendered them because they thought that they would better care here,

Mental hospital-how sad is this? Families surrendered them because they thought that they would better care here,

This picture was taken in the early 1930's and shows a poor family in the Great Depression. You really wonder how they were able to feed such a large family in such hard times.

This picture was taken in the early and shows a poor family in the Great Depression. You really wonder how they were able to feed such a large family in such hard times. You also wonder if they set out to have such a large family, or if it just happened.

Using one's own finger to replace their nose. ~ A facial reconstruction technique used during WWI & WWII. Caption reads: "Rhinoplasty. Loss of nose due to an injury, and replacement by a finger in 1880. Surgery by Dr. E. Hart, photo by OG Mason, both of Bellevue Hospital, NY." via Otis Historical Archives of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, in Washington DC on flickr.

A facial reconstruction technique used during WWI & WWII. Loss of nose due to an injury, and replacement by a finger in Surgery by Dr. Hart, photo by OG Mason, both of Bellevue Hospital, NY.

Slavenwerk was het wassen vroeger

I remember helping my grandmother with the wringer washer. We always helped out on wash day when we could, even if we sometimes accidentally made the clean things dirty.

Iconic photograph: "Wait For Me Daddy," by Claude P. Dettloff, October 1, 1940: A line of soldiers march in British Columbia on their way to a waiting train as five-year-old Whitey Bernard tugs away from his mother's hand to reach out for his father. (H/t Jodi P)  Via: vancouverhistory.ca

40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

WWII goodbyes “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff, October A line of soldiers march in British Columbia on their way to a waiting train as five-year-old Whitey Bernard tugs away from his mother’s hand to reach out for his father.

"Mrs. Mary Couchman, a 24-year-old warden of a small Kentish Village, shields three little children, among them her son, as bombs fall during an air attack on October 18, 1940. The three children were playing in the street when the siren suddenly sounded. Bombs began to fall as she ran to them and gathered the three in her arms, protecting them with her body. Complimented on her bravery, she said, ‘Oh, it was nothing. Someone had look after the children.’" via historicaltimes.tumblr.com

Mary Couchman, a warden of a small Kentish Village, shields three little children, among them her son, as bombs fall during an air attack on October The three children were playing in the street when the siren suddenly sounded.

A family making hairbrushes at home in the East End, c. 1900.

A family making hairbrushes at home in the East End, c. Another family living in dreadful conditions - look at the filthy floor, the children's clothes and the lack of good furniture.

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