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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Just Us Girls: 1940

Just Us Girls: 1940

1940. No caption for these tots, on a roll of pictures taken in what looks like New Orleans. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Precious and Adorable

Each of these little girls (and one boy) possess individual traits that are endearing in their own uniqueness but they seem so serious for carefree kids under 5 yrs. of age. Only the smallest one in the back row, left side, seems about to break into a smile. Wonder if their photographer or caregiver threatened them to behave. Little "Harriet Potter" was way ahead of her time, a real trendsetter.

Girl in Glasses

Seems to have a case of the Owlies.

Jazz Hipster

Girl in glasses: "It's called Bebop. You've probably never heard of it."

 
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