Assaulting Smells

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress and the Ewing Gallery.

 

The above photo is from the Frank and Francis Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress.  Taken c. 1925 down ‘Wash Alley’ in Genoa, Italy, the photographer described the image as, ‘Italian seaport towns are famous for their smells which assault the visitors.’

I’ve often wondered how families that lived on upper floors of apartment complexes got their clothes to the center of the lines like this…I’m guessing a pulley system?

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