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The P.E. Cup: 1943

The P.E. Cup: 1943

October 1943. Washington, D.C. "Girls playing soccer in physical education class at Woodrow Wilson High School." Saddle Shoes connects in a 1-0 nail-biter. Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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My mother-in-law was just telling us of the one piece button up uniforms she had to wear in phys-ed. I was having trouble picturing them until now.


Yikes! We were still wearing gym uniforms like that in the 1960s. Ours were a grayed blue and pretty awful.


The girl on the far left sooo resembles my Mom. She didn't go to that school though and would have been 17 at the time.

Not just future mothers

…but pretty girls, as well. (Hint to Dave re: Tags.)

Mothers of Us All

In a few more years these girls would be giving birth to the postwar baby boom.

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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