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In the past many women bore their husband's brutality in silence... Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date 1983
Location Pittsburgh Allegheny Pennsylvania United States
Dimensions Image: 13 x 19 1/4 in. (33 x 48.9 cm)
Paper: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Mat: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

Rosalyn had trouble asking for help. After four weeks in a shelter, she panicked about her son's upcoming birthday. She wanted to give him a party. A counselor found Rosalyn in a hallway, upset that she had no money and that her children were being deprived of everyday childhood experiences because of their father, who hadn't even sent his son a birthday card. The counselor assured her that the center was equipped to handle such occasions, with everything from cake to balloons.

Credit line

Gift of the Photographer to the W. Eugene Smith Legacy Collection

Feedback Accession No. 545.1994