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Red House Kids: 1935

Red House Kids: 1935

"School youngsters. Red House, West Virginia." October 1935. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

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Red House is now home to a radical Muslim community. They would have gotten short shrift in 1935 ... but that was before we became so "enlightened."

[Not quite. You're confusing Red House, West Virginia, with Red House, Virginia, 280 miles away. - Dave]

Backwards into the future

I would venture a guess that many of today's college graduates would have issues with portions of that *fifth grade* book. I picked up a copy a while ago, by all means grab the OCR version provided by either link!

"This book is based on the belief that an efficient reader for the fifth grade must score high when tested on five fundamental features: quality of literature; variety of literature; organization of literature; quantity of literature; and definite helps sufficient to make the text a genuine tool for classroom use."

I'd like to see some of the assignments from this book used in a double-blind study in a community college anywhere in the USA... the results would, in my experience, make you ball like a little kid.

[Hm. I wonder how many of those students would know the difference between "ball" and "bawl." - Dave]

The girl in the front on the right

She bears an absolutely stunning likeness to Marilyn Monroe at that age.


thank you for a wonderful site. i am so appreciative of all the work you guys do! being just 21 i completely missed the good old days by about 80 or so years. i LOVE this picture, it is beautiful. thanks again!

Re: Textbook

It's Book 5 of the Elson Readers. You can read the whole thing here or here.

The Textbook

Would anyone like to hazard a guess as to the complete title of the book that the girl is holding? All that is evident is that it somehow involves native americans, and is volume five.

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