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An Early Start: 1942

An Early Start: 1942

February 1942. Harlingen, Texas. "Farm Security Administration camp. Morning routine at nursery school." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

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Probably not "Crest" on that toothbrush

I wonder what she is using on her toothbrush? When I was about her age in the late 40s it was tooth powder, not toothpaste. That is probably why I needed at least one tooth filled every time I went to the dentist as a kid.

Communal glass

Ah, the communal glass. Not only a breaking hazard with children but such an effective way to spread cold and flu germs! I do not recall leaving the house in my curlers as a young child. It is nice to see her rolled up handkerchief in her pocket though.

Metal curler rods

In that era, girls and women used hard metal curlers to "set" their hair so it would be curly for a day or two. My sisters had them and they were difficult to sleep in, since the rods pressed into one's skull all night long. No wonder this child looks like she is in pain, but it is just the beginning of realizing that beauty has its price.

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