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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

A Model Student: 1940

A Model Student: 1940

Circa 1940. "Montgomery High School, Maryland." Some of these students also seen here. National Photo Company Collection film negative. View full size.

 

Herringbone and clay

Note the inverted pleats on the boy's herringbone jacket: kind of unusual tailoring for men's clothes, no? Also: he appears to be sculpting a copy of one of Rodin's "Burghers of Calais". That's an ambitious art class!

Wrong Model

The young lady on the far right ought to be the model. She has a classic profile and hair for the period AND~ she has on delicious high heels, and well turned ankles. Be still my beating heart!

[Promise us it's just your heart. - Dave]

Neat Artists

These are very well-dressed, immaculately clean artists. Whenever I and/or my kids used paints, clay or other mediums, we had to wear smocks, hats and raincoats over our clothing to avoid ruining our good clothes. Apparently we were way too sloppy to be "creative."

Drawn from life

Reminds me of an art class I took my sophomore year in college! Except the guy was nekkid.

 
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