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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Bobby Sox Brigade: 1942

Bobby Sox Brigade: 1942

July 1942. "East Montpelier, Vermont. Marilyn Ormsbee, in striped dress (last seen here), is president of her 4-H Club, the Montpelier Center Girls, where she learns how to sew and cook economically and well." Medium format negative by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Gingerbread Clock

The gingerbread clock on the wall shelf is a Waterbury "Niles" model, and dated to around 1880-1900.

Good old-fashioned days!

It was a a time when girls would show how good they were: at housekeeping, at supporting the war effort, at being there for their families. The fad of the day? Bobby sox! Those days are gone, it's true, but it seems that many girls today only want to show how 'bad' they are, unfortunately!

The age of innocence

It is quite refreshing to see such a wholesome, enthusiastic and cheerful group of teens looking forward to becoming experts in the arts of homemaking, sewing and cooking. I don't want to start another war, but these girls would most likely become the wives of our servicemen returning from WW2 and, in my opinion, were some of the best moms, talented cooks, loving wives and happy family keepers we may ever know. It was and still is an honorable profession.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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