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City dump scavengers, 1940

Posted on February 28, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
In May of 1940 The Sunday Herald-Leader carried a story about the daily scavengers who desended on Lexington's city dump, on Old Frankfort Pike, hoping to find anything of value that they could sell or use themselves. This photo was an outtake from that story and shows a group going through a freshly unloaded pile of trash. The article noted that the scavengers lived in shanties which dotted Manchester, Driscoll, deRoode, Perry, Jane and adjoining streets. They tended to arrive about mid-afternoon each day and usually left by dark. If an individual earned a dollar a week they considered themselves lucky. The story ran May 19, 1940. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

In May 1940, the Sunday Herald-Leader carried a story about the daily scavengers who descended on Lexington’s city dump, on Old Frankfort Pike, hoping to find anything of value that they could sell or use themselves. This photo was an outtake from that story and shows a group going through a freshly unloaded pile of trash. The article noted that the scavengers lived in shanties which dotted Manchester, Driscoll, deRoode, Perry, Jane and adjoining streets. They tended to arrive about mid-afternoon each day and usually left by dark. If an individual earned a dollar a week they considered themselves lucky. The story ran May 19, 1940. Read a copy of the story here.  Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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