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Farm School: 1920s

Farm School: 1920s

This photo has always been one of my favorites. The capture of the "real" farm life in Foster, Missouri in the 20's. My grandmother, the girl in the top row, third from the right, and her brother, front row left, are in this class. The poor children, barefoot, with dirty clothes, impetigo on their little faces and the look of the school marm are classic to me. View full size.


I can still remember that we had frequent "inspection" at school. They checked for head lice, Scabies and Impetigo. You would present your hands to see that they were washed and the school nurse would check your hair, scalp, neck and face. If you had lice you were sent home. I don't recall anyone having Scabies or Impetigo but we were constantly being admonished when in public places "Don't put your mouth on that! You'll get Impetigo!"

I once got them after a weekend at a rental cottage. Mom used DDT and a horrible liquid which she accidentally got in my eyes and I had to go to Emergency. It was such a nightmare that I was careful to the point of obsessive about where I put my head and checking to make sure my playmates' heads were clean.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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