Washington As It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959


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Theodor Horydczak's Washington

People and Events

Horydczak took relatively few portraits or even candid photographs of people. Where people do appear in his work they are often stiffly posed and careful so as to appear unaware of the photographer's presence, as in Horydczak's 1930 view of the meat counter in Fred Gover's grocery store at 117 Hare Street, in Baltimore, Maryland.

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descriptive record icon enlarge image icon  Grocery store of Fred Gover

An exception to Horydczak's posed shots are photographs of members of the 1932 Bonus Expeditionary Force, jobless veterans of World War I who unsuccessfully tried to persuade Congress and President Hoover to grant them their Veterans Bonus ten years early. Any hopes for relief from their economic distress faded with their forcible eviction from their encampment by federal troops. Horydczak's photographs of the Bonus marchers are sympathetic, showing their living conditions, sense of humanity, and their feeling of neglect.

descriptive record icon enlarge image icon  Bonus veterans from Boston, Massachusetts