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I Feel Fine: 1944

I Feel Fine: 1944

June 1944. "Brooklyn, New York. Home nursing class held at the community house of the Church of the Good Shepherd." Also: The "Basic Seven" food groups. Photo by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information. View full size.


Shall we play doctor?

She seems to be enjoying all the attention. That was a time when little girls did not mind the company of elderly people. Don't you think being old wasn't such a nuisance back then? Grandmas looked like grandmas, not like their granddaughters!


This girl bears a striking resemblance to Katie Nolan, played by Dorothy McGuire, in 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn'. The time's about right, and the location is spot-on ... but just coincidence, surely.

[You sure you don't mean Peggy Ann Garner as Francie? -tterrace]

Maybe I need a spell in the Community House ... Thanks for the correction, tterrace ... that is precisely what I meant to write ... too engrossed in memories of that film. Peggy Ann, indeed.


One would think that a hat is an important part of caring for a sick child........ The one with the veil must be especially powerful. This picture is about ten years before my childhood. Women were still wearing hats in the 1950s but for fewer occasions. The nurses still looked like this one though.

The ladies of the Bad Hat Brigade

Shown performing their annual re-enactment of the death of Little Nell.

Hats and Veils

Made her sick.

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