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Parade Day: 1942

Parade Day: 1942

August 1942. Children stage a "patriotic demonstration" at the Beecher Street School in Southington, Conn. View full size. Kodachrome by Fenno Jacobs.


The Beecher Street School today…

…appears to be the administration building for the Southington public schools. From the look of this image from their website, the parade must have been in front of the left face of the building. The four (or more) windows in the Parade Day photo would correspond to the four (or more) windows of the left face. (Also, the door frame in the Parade Day image doesn't match the one on the right face of the modern photo.)

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There's More Than Meets The Eye Here

The girl in the yellow dress is probably saying to herself, "Oops, I forgot to wear something either red, white or blue like the teacher's insructed." And then there's the kid with the drum...Is he wearing a monacle attached to a string? And if so, why is the string wrapped around his face? It looks like something that was just recently photoshopped into the picture.

[It's not a monacle. Or even a monocle. It's a scratch in the emulsion. - Dave]

times have changed

this wouldn't be allowed to happen today.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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