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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Wettingen Fifth Grade: 1944

Wettingen Fifth Grade: 1944

My Mom (with red hair); Elementary School 5th Grade, 1944 Wettingen, Switzerland. View full size.

In Living Color

This almost looks like a Ted Turner black and white picture colorized, rather than a color photograph. Makes me wonder if I am just used to American over saturation in color film, that the Swiss did not copy, or if Swiss children really skipped bright colors the way some of them seem to have skipped putting on shoes.

I also hope this was the entire fifth grade, not a single class. There seem to be too many children for any of them to get any individual attention if they are all crammed in one room with just that one man to teach them.

[It's a black-and-white photo that's been colorized. -tterrace]

 
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