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The Greatest Generation: 1922

The Greatest Generation: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Children playing in sand." We'd love to stay and chat, but our trike is double-parked. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.


Hey Nanny, pay attention!

Something has captured the attention of the governess who is completely turned around and looking the other way, not at the children. I see only two toys here in addition to the plentiful sand and that would be the train engine and the metal shovel (which could be made into a lethal weapon if swung around one's head). Imagine seven youngsters all being happy and occupied with just a massive pile of sand to play with. Times really were a lot simpler then. I clearly remember also that even in recent years, people still used insect netting on baby buggies to protect their infants and every child had to be taken outdoors for fresh air on a daily basis. The picture's title is thought-provoking too as just 18 to 20 yrs. later, these toddlers may have been fighting WW2. Cherish your babies parents. Kids grow up too fast and life is short.

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