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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


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.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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