Interior courtyard, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1905.
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Tenement housing on both sides of a narrow alley. Laundry hangs between the two buildings. In the top right, a mother and children pose on a balcony

Credit: Imaging Department © President and Fellows of Harvard College

Tenement housing such as this was common in Philadelphia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Large, and at times extended families, crowded into two and three room apartments that often had no indoor plumbing.

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