Our friends at local history site Ephemeral New York rceently dug up this great vintage photograph showing three women washing clothing in the Central Park Lake during a drought, on "Dry Day", December 16th, 1949.
Thanks to a severe drought that left upstate reservoirs at 34 percent capacity, city residents were forbidden to shave, bathe, or do any other activity that day if it required water. These three women—Copacabana girls, part of the East Side nightclub’s famous chorus girl lineup, per the caption on the photo—are demonstrating their patriotic duty to do laundry without any running water.
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