Attic

 

This week's Out of the Attic item is a circa 1942-43 picture of World War II Federal emergency housing under construction for servicemen and war workers brought to the area and their families. George Read Village was built and managed by the Wilmington Housing Authority (the only such Federal agency at the time). Located on the east edge of Newark, the "Village" residents worked in war plants such as the munitions plants at Elkton or at other critical war-related jobs. Each building was a duplex. Each home had a living room, dining area and kitchen on the first floor.

Upstairs there were three bedrooms and a bath. Coal-fired furnaces provided heat.


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