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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Out and About: 1921

Out and About: 1921

Washington, D.C, 1921. "Kids in Park." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Hand knit outfits...

I have an old print somewhere of my mother at about 2 years of age, in her own hand knit outfit, running about a path in Vondelpark in Amsterdam c.1948, photographed by my grandfather. It was the year prior they immigrated to Canada.

Not the one mentioned above, but from the same day:
http://www.pris.bc.ca/dajavu/content/van_unen-archives/27.jpg

And another, probably taken by my grandmother, of my grandfather holding my mother:
http://www.pris.bc.ca/dajavu/content/van_unen-archives/36.jpg

I'll keep looking for the one mentioned above, as it has my grandmother and great-grandmother side by side in the background watching over my 2 year old mom as she played...

Leggings and Fashion

We used to have to wear leggings when it was cold, usually same material and pattern as your coat and pulled up over whatever clothes you were wearing like overalls. Hers seem to cover her shoes as well, which makes it look like she's got goat feet, poor thing. And her brother's outfit is very cute, but that belt is so wrong and so pointless. Clearly hand knit outfit, though.

 
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