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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

The Children's Army: 1942

The Children's Army: 1942

Children playing. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency unattributed but probably by Louise Rosskam in Washington, D.C. (Anacostia), fall of 1942.

 

DC Kids

I love this picture.

So much. <3

The bike

The bicycle at the bottom right gave it away for me. No tires, no rubber, which means WWII. Either it was not invented yet or being conserved for the war effort. At first glance thought I thought 50's or 60's until I spotted the bike. Great color for the early 40's!

children at wall in 1942

As an historian, I would like to find the grown up children and pose them as they were in '42. That would be a photo

Clothes

The shoes, and the knickers.

So Beautiful

Man, these pictures are so good and children are so universal. I had to examine their shoes to verify that it wasn't a contemporary photo.

Back when kids had imaginations....

They don' need no stinkin' Nintendo.

 
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