Saturday, April 7, 2012

1940 U.S. Census: Houses in the Background

After taking a stroll through her childhood neighborhood in the 1940 U. S. Census with my mother, it occurred to me that I have pictures of some of those houses. I don't have a good shot of the exterior of my grandparents house but several of the neighborhood houses are in the background of snapshots made in their yard. These pictures were taken in the 1930s, 40s and 50s but, except for the street eventually getting paved, everything looked pretty much the same across those years. The numbers listed correspond to the map from yesterday's post.

Before we get to the houses, here are a few of the 
neighborhood kids in my grandparents' front yard about 1938.
That's my mother on the right. 

My aunt and her first born in 1944.
Almost in the same spot as the previous photo
but with a better view of the house next door (#267).

My grandmother, Emma Taylor Hopkins, in her front yard.
That is house #265 on the right.

Mom in her front yard with house #218 behind her.

Mom with house #217 in the background.
She's standing in the middle of the road.

Mom (again in the road) with house #162 in the background.
House #163 sat far enough back on their lot
that it isn't in this shot but that is their hedge behind her.

My grandparents, Emma & Elmer Hopkins, 
with house #276 behind them.

My grandmother with house #??? from the map.
(I didn't find that family in the census so it doesn't have a number.)

My grandparents' front porch (house #266).
That's me with my grandmother (and, no, it was not made in the 1940s).


  1. What a fun and interesting project you have made out of the 1940 for your family's neighborhood.

  2. This is great info, Linda - I have no neighbourhood photos of my parents or grandparents' homes, unfortunately. Ditto Michelle's post - this is a great project of your neighbourhood.