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Apres-School: 1941

Apres-School: 1941

January 1941. "Sarasota, Florida, trailer park. Students coming from school in the afternoon." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

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Oil Range For Sale

It seems that the A.F. Bradts were shedding their old appliances, as of September 30, 1938, when this ad appeared in the Virginia Beach News. Were they headed for Sarasota that winter? And as an aside, my grandmother wintered at the "Palm and Pines" trailer park in Sarasota for two decades ('60s-'70s); this place clearly has palms and pines, but so far I've been unable to link the two. (image courtesy of Addendum: Apparently this was the Sarasota Trailer Park; Marion Post Wolcott's work there is documented at this Sarasota history site:

Boys and books

In the Baltimore of the late 1950s, Junior High School boys would carry their books in sacks made of sturdy denim cotton; closed with drawstrings and thrown over one's shoulder.

In high school, we had "book bags" -- oversized briefcases to hold our books and supplies. This was especially useful as we moved from class to class.

Re: No Knapsacks

As I recall it from High School in the late 'fifties, girls carried their books in front (as here), and boys carried them alongside one hip.

Name on sign

I've been trying to figure out what the name is. A.E. Grady? Brady? Brant? Grant?

Three little maids from school are we

Maybe this is the Sarasota, Florida's 1941 version of "The Mikado"?

Another brutal winter

The girls are having to wear sweaters.


I don't think this is coming home in the afternoon, it feels like morning to me. The angle of the sun is too low for afternoon. One girl carries a lunch bag. The moisture streams on the closest trailer look like morning dew burning off.

Coming or Going?

I would say they are going to school. Notice the dew on the trailer and one girl appears to have her lunch in hand.

No knapsacks?

I remember when high school students carried their books and scribblers loose, in a pile against the chest if the load was large. I can't remember boys doing this, though.

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