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Little Kittens: 1941

Little Kittens: 1941

March 1941. "Girls at trailer camp for defense workers. Ocean View, Virginia, outskirts of Norfolk." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.


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Curvaceous 1935 Ford, showing off it's its well-polished paint.

Bloody boat anchors

freddy223, the answer to your question is "between 40 and 50 pounds" (18 to 22 kg). My late mother owned a bike identical to the front one, and it was a trial and a misery to ride due to its weight.

Everything to Me

Food, shelter, clothing, love and care are essentials but add a bike and books, and life gets pretty close to perfect, and certainly makes other hardships much easier to bear.

I hope no kittens were mistreated.

"More about the Four Little Kittens" (1938), one of those controversial books by Harry W. Frees that allegedly involved stressful posing of live pets. Delightful for kids, maybe not so much for the kitties.

Cool Car Cold Water

The car looks to be a 1937 Chevrolet Sport Coupe (with a rumble seat!) and the cold water inlet appears to be a hose attached at the clothes line. The young girls are probably sisters. One of them is riding a boys bike but the boy (brother?) is probably okay with it.

Collector's item

If the young lady who was so proud of her copy of "More About the Four Little Kittens" had taken good care of it, and saved it to this day, she could do quite well selling it online. If my math is right, if she sold it today based on its market price, she could reinvest the proceeds in a Patreon subscription to Shorpy, avoiding ads and getting background versions of pics for three years and four months.


Those bikes look like a lot of steel to be pedaling around. I wonder how much they weighed.

Wonder women

These three girls are so charming and elegant, each in her own way. The windswept hair of the young lady in back is terribly alluring, and the kerchief with braids and leather gloves in front is so grown-up. Even little kitten girl is styling with that hand-knotted cloth belt. All three are so pleasing.


Once in a while you see a photo that just makes you happy.

This is one of them !

Charming children

What beautiful faces and expressions. The joy of the one with the little book is almost palpable. Some are born to sweet delight.

Sweet kids

That girl in the back is beautiful. She could be a model. I wonder how their lives turned out.

Trying, but failing

To understand the gizmo attached to the bottom of the rear fender on the closest bike. It looks like there is one on the other bike, too.

[It's a kickstand. - Dave]

Well, of course it is. Pretty obvious. Thanks, Dave.

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