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Our Gang: 1935

Our Gang: 1935

Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "Children playing." With a cameo appearance by our old friend Turnbuckle Star. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

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1935?

All kinds of ethnic shades in that photo.

I have a feeling those kids were a lot more integrated than many of their contemporary elders.

One does have to give it to kids - they do have a sense of what's important and what isn't.

Age of Innocence

Even in the bad old days of Jim Crow (and DC had plenty of that), kids too young yet to have been socialized into adult prejudices managed to get along. And the dog is totally stoked to be included.

I wonder, incidentally, how many unsupported masonry buildings still exist because of those turnbuckles? If their inventor didn't die a very rich person, he or she certainly deserved to.

Dog

Loose dogs used to play with kids. Talented ones got adopted.

Today every loose dog is an emergency.

Ah.... The Good Old Days !

No bicycle helmets, no padded playground, no parents scurrying after the kids to blow their noses....

Scraped knees is the norm....

And no socks is not a bad thing either....

This is the way I played! Lord, how I miss those days - the FUN I had!

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That has to be the faintest ever version of a certain website name.

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