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What Newport News, VA, looked like in the 1930s

Newport News is located at the mouth of the James River and north of Hampton Roads (harbor). It was established in 1621 and is approximately 23 miles long and three miles wide. As the fourth largest city in the state, it occupies an area of 69 square miles. In 1896, the city was formally incorporated as a city without first being incorporated as a town. In 1958, the neighboring cities of Warwick and Newport News were consolidated as the newly expanded city of Newport News.

Newport News is home to one of the world’s largest maritime museums. The city also has a large war museum containing artifacts, historical memorabilia, and thirty-two city parks. The parks offer a wide variety of outdoor activities to both the residents and visitors of the city. Newport News is home to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, which has had more than 2,000 scientists use this research facility.

#1 Shipyard worker does volunteer duty as an air raid warden, Newport News, 1932

Shipyard worker does volunteer duty as an air raid warden, Newport News, 1932

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#2 Workmen having lunch, Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#3 Workers on Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#4 Workmen having lunch, Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#5 People on a picnic, Newport News, 1936

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#6 Workers on Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#7 Workers on Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#8 Workers having lunch, Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#9 Workers having lunch, Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#10 Workers on Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#11 Workers on Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#12 Workers on Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#13 Workers on Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#14 Workers on Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#15 Lunch hour at Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#16 View of life in the Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#17 Workers on Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#18 Workers on Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#19 Workers on Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1936

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#20 Market in the Negro section, Newport News, Virginia, 1936

Market in the Negro section, Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#21 Attractive homes in a better district, Newport News, Virginia, 1936

Attractive homes in a better district, Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#22 Attractive homes in a better district, Newport News, Virginia, 1936

Attractive homes in a better district, Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#23 Market in the Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#24 Section of Newport News, Virginia, 1936

Section of Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#25 Newport News, Virginia, 1935

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#26 Newport News, 1935

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#27 Fishing boats in the harbor, Newport News, Virginia, 1936

Fishing boats in the harbor, Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#28 High-class mansion in the Newport News, Virginia, 1936

High-class mansion in the Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#29 Market in Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#30 Fishing boats in harbor, Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#31 Fishing boats in harbor, Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#32 Newport News, Virginia, 1935

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#33 Fishing boats in harbor, Newport News, 1936

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#34 View of life in the Newport News, 1934

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#35 View of life in the Newport News, 1934

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#36 Re-employment service at Newport News, Virginia. Staff director Hornblein in corner at the telephone, 1936

Re-employment service at Newport News, Virginia. Staff director Hornblein in corner at the telephone, 1936

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#37 Re-employment service office. Newport News, Virginia, 1936

Re-employment service office. Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#38 Men coming from work at shipyard. This yard employs approximately seven thousand men. Newport News, Virginia, 1936

Men coming from work at shipyard. This yard employs approximately seven thousand men. Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#39 Dwellings for shipyard workers located near the yard. Newport News, Virginia, 1936

Dwellings for shipyard workers located near the yard. Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#40 Blacksmith shop, the only one in the city. Newport News, Virginia, 1936

Blacksmith shop, the only one in the city. Newport News, Virginia, 1936

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#41 Young couple moving in at Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

Young couple moving in at Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#42 Young couple moving in at Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#43 Young couple moving in at Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#44 American Institute of Music, Newport News, Virginia, 1937

American Institute of Music, Newport News, Virginia, 1937

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#45 Street scene, Newport News, Virginia, 1937

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#46 Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#47 Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#48 Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#49 Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#50 Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#53 Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#55 Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#56 Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#57 Moving into a new home, Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#58 Curb service, Newport News, Virginia, 1937

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#59 Moving into a new home, Newport News Homesteads, Virginia, 1937

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#60 Household goods of family moving into Newport News Housing Project, Virginia, 1937

Household goods of family moving into Newport News Housing Project, Virginia, 1937

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#61 Housing project for Blacks, Newport News, Virginia, 1937

Housing project for Blacks, Newport News, Virginia, 1937

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#62 Housing project for Blacks, Newport News, Virginia, 1937

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#63 Household goods of family moving into Newport News Housing Project, 1937

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#64 Row of finished homes in Newport News, 1937

Row of finished homes in Newport News, 1937

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#65 Row of finished homes, 1937

Row of finished homes, 1937

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#66 House in quarter, Newport News, 1937

House in quarter, Newport News, 1937

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#67 Home of black family who will move to Newport News Homesteads, 1937

Home of black family who will move to Newport News Homesteads, 1937

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#68 Woman carrying groceries, Newport News, Virginia, 1937

Woman carrying groceries, Newport News, Virginia, 1937

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#69 Street corner, Newport News, Virginia, 1937

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