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Re: White Angel Jungle

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Posted by George in Iowa on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 11:29:04 :

In Reply to: Re: White Angel Jungle posted by John Martini on Monday, August 29, 2005 at 23:49:07 :

: The White Angel Jungle was a 1930s "soup kitchen" where San Francisco's unemployed were given free food. It was made famous by photographer Dorothea Lange who documented it during the Depression. There's a good web site with her famous photo at http://www.masters-of-photography.com/L/lange/lange_bread_line_full.html

: : Do you know what the "WHITE ANGEL JUNGLE" is? Saw it on an old San Francisco postcard, but can't really tell what it is.
: : Looked like a large group of people, with a separate inset photo of what might be a nurse in white. Might have to do with 1906, or perhaps a group of indigents.
: : Thank you. Bev

I was born in San Francisco and remember stories about the White Angel. During the Depression there was a lady on the water front called the White Angel as she fed and sometimes gave clothing to the jobless men. She always dressed in White and had a hate like a nurse. She would go from restaurant to restaurant asking for anything they had to help feed the jobless. Then carry the food back to the camp site and feed the people. Some people say she left with out notice and set up other sites around the country. That she was from Chicago, and very rich and had a son named Sidney. This is all I know and I am not sure if it is fact or not.

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