Intimate: Reitman 'Sister of the Road' (1937)

Let Box-Car Bertha show you the American underworld, where the homeless and rootless struggle to survive. An uncensored story that, unsurprisingly, was censored.


  • In the publishing landscape of the mid 20th century, uncensored obviously means salaciousness but also a type of honesty that is tough and uncompromising.
  • Bertha’s mother believes in ‘free love’ a phrase I thought originated in the 1960s but obviously dates from much earlier.
  • The stories of hundreds of poor individuals appear here – all sorted by name, gender, occupation, ethnicity and ‘type’.


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