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Association of Correctors of the Press headquarters, adjoining Dr. Samuel Johnson’s House in Gough Square. Men survey damage in the square, London., 1940-1941
Vintage oversized gelatin silver print on paper
14 15/16 x 11 7/8 in. (37.94 x 30.16 cm)

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.127

The Association of Correctors of the Press headquarters, adjoining the house of Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) in Gough Square, London. Men survey damage in the square, 1940-1941. NB: During World War II, the then-Curator and her daughter were granted permission to run an informal canteen at the Dr. Samuel Johnson House for the Auxiliary Fire Service. The House later become a social club for the Auxiliary Firemen - known as ‘the heroes with the grimy faces’ - giving many a tired fireman some respite from the bombing during the Blitz and other air raids. Dr. Johnson’s House was struck on several occasions. The garret was badly damaged, and a new roof had to be constructed after the war, but remarkably, the fires were always put out in time, and the House survived. Vintage oversized WW-II photographs are rare.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 14 15/16 x 11 7/8 in. (379.41 x 301.63 mm)

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