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

Jail Girls: 1920

Jail Girls: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Jail, Women's School." Alternate title: "Complete this sentence." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Teacher's dream

Small class, tightly focused and motivated students. Success means freedom, failure is a steel-barred reality.

Prison School

My dad taught barbering and cosmetology in a state prison. He called the inmates in the program "my boys" and to the end of his life there were former students (a.k.a. ex-cons) who remained in contact with Dad, seeing him as instrumental in changing their lives.

Not unlike

This is not too much unlike the high school my brother and I went to in Northern N.J. except we were all boys.Talk about strict! In the long run it made us better people.

Contrary..

to what Wanda Jackson said, there is, in fact, NOT a riot goin' on up in cell block number 9.

High School Memories

"Future of Feminism" lecture at the The Graybar School for Girls.

Complete this sentence?

Canned heat!

Well shod, not shoddy

Women prisoners sure dressed nicely in 1920.
These ones even get high heel shoes.

Hummmmm!

Memories! What fond memories! Just can't wait until recess!

When You're Good to Mama...

 
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