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Back in the Swing: 1952

Back in the Swing: 1952

"Linda 1952." The little lady returns in her "Junior Gardener" overalls, now with stylish futuristic headgear. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

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Linda's badge, 1952: intriguing!

That badge she's wearing intrigues me. I read something like "casciner" at the bottom and "Gerwin" in the middle.
Does anyone have a clue??

Clean overalls

She looks like she has not had an opportunity to really play, her clothes are too clean. On the other hand, she may have been one of those little girls who could stay clean making mud-pies. Those flower pots on the knees would have aggravated me and I probably would have picked them off. My mom dressed me a lot like that, cute but a bear when it came time to go to the bathroom.

Re: Drowning Hazard

That water in the back yard tells me (although I could be wrong) that Linda lived in a more rural setting. Most homes in the country have access to a pond nearby as a safety measure. It's an access to water for a pumper in case of a housefire. Most country roads don't have water lines and hydrants.

Ah yes

The inevitable rain cap that banks and hair salons gave away as advertising. My Mom had them and my grandmother wore hers rain or shine to protect her hair from the "elements". Ugly little things!

Must protect the hairdo!

I remember that headgear. It came in a little plastic packet and unfolded with accordion pleats into a rain bonnet. Anyone who ever had their hair done at the beauty salon - especially in the age of the beehive hairdo - had one of those in their purse.

Big smile

There we have it finally: a big smile from Linda, not tentative or hesitant or ambiguous, but the real deal. Plus, no rusty nails or bolts stuck in the chain links. (But, hey, how about that drowning hazard at the back of the yard?)

Every Mom Wore One

I always will remember the small plastic emergency "rain cap" that my mom kept in her purse. I came all folded up in a small pouch that fit in any size purse, and could be unfolded in a jiffy when the rains came.

That may not be exactly what this girl is wearing, but as soon as I saw it, I remembered the one mom wore.

I am sure anyone whose mom was alive in the '50s will remember them.

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