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

How to Stand on Your Head

How to Stand on Your Head

Method 1: Make use of your poise, balance and coordination.
Method 2: Lacking any of those, make use of your big sister.
A pair of Kodachromes shot by my brother on our lawn in 1955. View full size.

Shakedown

Great pics! The second pic could be titled "How to shake down your little brother for his lunch money".

Pay up, squirt!

Capri pants = pedal pushers

The term I grew up with (my sister wore them a lot) was pedal pushers.

Capris

Except for that particular Kodachrome glow, these could have been taken yesterday, not 53 years ago. I saw a young lady in an almost identical capri pants/no sleeve blouse outfit in the mall last night. Eventually everything comes around again I suppose. Except, let's hope, those alternative pants we saw you and your brother in.

Standing on your head

This actually was one of the two things I learned in Gymnastics class (which I hated. Couldn't do cartwheels for the life of me. Or the balance bars.) The other was a backwards somersault.
--Girl in the checkered shirt.

Thanks tterrace!

tterrace, I've really enjoyed the pictures you've submitted. Thanks so much for sharing!

 
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