“4 Women to Every Man” — 1940s photos remind garbage cleanup crew of a simpler time
To some extent, for me, this photo symbolizes a time period that was easier and simpler than now. A time when a man could take four women on a date and none of them would get mad or jealous — they’d just enjoy it. A time when that date meant sitting on the stoop outside of your house, just hanging out. A time when that date also meant not spending a fortune on flowers, drinks, dinner and a movie. Ah yes, a simpler time it was indeed.
(Honey, if you’re reading this, I’m joking. Date night Friday?)
Obviously, there’s no truth to that tale. For all I know, these women could be this guy’s four sisters. Either way, they sure look happy, don’t they?
Years ago, on a typical house garbage cleanup job in New York City, I found this black box of photos. Stacks of photos filled a number of manila envelopes. They had been stuffed in there, as if the owner really just didn’t care. There must be at least 150 photos, some duplicates but mostly of different people. Most of them are missing a date or any sort of caption that might describe who these people are and when these were taken. Those that do are mainly from the 1940s, so I can only assume that they all are from that time period, based on the similarity in the style of photos.
In reality, the time period during which these photos were taken wasn’t necessarily a simpler time. In fact, maybe it was even harder. But it’s nice to occasionally escape your own thoughts by looking at an old photograph and wonder what its subjects were thinking.