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The image below comes from a page from the 1940 US Census:

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The page header from the Census is a poor scan. While I can make out the location as Washington DC, I'm unsure as to the ward:

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Can anyone decipher the street, either from the scan or deductively based on the information in the Census header?

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Have you tried looking on nearby census sheets? The same street name often appears on multiple sheets, where it might be clearer.


I looked on the DC map near 8th and Underwood (some of the first streets in the enumeration district of your image) and spotted Rittenhouse street. I bet that's what that is.

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+1 I'm in for Rittenhouse street also. If in doubt, are you able to locate a city directory? – GeneJ Oct 27 '12 at 0:22
As a potential starting point, this search identifies some people who lived on Rittenhouse in 1939 from the DC directory. – Gene Golovchinsky Oct 27 '12 at 0:37
The One-Step finder "Obtaining Streets within EDs for the 1940 Census in One Step (Large Cities)" confirms there is a street in ED 1-218 named "Rittenhouse NW". – Jan Murphy Dec 1 '13 at 17:29

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