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Quiet Time: 1942

Quiet Time: 1942

February 1942. "Midday nap. Nursery school of Farm Security Administration camp at Harlingen, Texas." 35mm negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

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Ah, the memories

I can clearly remember having a canvas-covered frame like this for sleep time in my first year at school as a four-year-old in the UK. I don't remember having a blanket or cover of any kind though. This doesn't seem to happen with kids these days except in nursery facilities which is why my four-year-old goddaughter is always so tired by bedtime.

Opie is awake

If you told me that this was Ron Howard as a kid, I wouldn't argue.

Always one

I suspect in just about every daycare, there is that one child who won't fall asleep during naptime.

Do kids still take naps like this in the USA?

I ask, because at my son's day care in Russia the kids sleep from noon to 3.

Life of Riley

When I was in half-day afternoon kindergarten in 1953, we had nap time. However, we had to bring in our own rugs and sleep on the hardwood floor. One of the girls (probably a future hippie) brought in a bedspread, which resulted in commune-style napping.

40 years later

I was having MY naptime in Harlingen!


Jazzy beds for a nap. At my kindergarten we had to sleep on plastic mats. I can still remember the smell.

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