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Student Bodies: 1941

Student Bodies: 1941

September 1941. Hermiston, Oregon. "Crowded halls in high school between classes." Another look at the Kids in the Hall last seen here, including That Guy With the Eyebrows. Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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What is 95?

Answer: The average age of these kids if they're still alive.

Imagine the horror

The horror of a young lady with naturally straight hair. Akin to the disappointment of a young woman having curly hair in 1969.



The Petrie Brooch

The young woman in the lower right-hand corner of the photo looks like she is sporting a mini-version of the Petrie family heirloom. The heirloom is a large gold brooch shaped like the continental United States, with gemstones marking the cities where Petrie men were born. Obviously, there's a gemstone for Hermiston, Oregon!

Hall passes

Pencil-in-the-teeth certainly is feeling his oats, and I'd wager that Mr. Eyebrows is suave and sanguine eight days a week. I do see the tall, confident, athletic girl and her hair ribbon and the star on her collar and her charming smile ... good eye, davidk. What a cutie she was! But then, there are lots of cute girls in the shot and everyone looks so good-natured and wholesome. I do long for days gone by, when a certain youthful innocence was not confined to those under the age of six.

Traffic patterns

The motion is reminiscent of freeways in Los Angeles. Everybody over There wants get over Here while everybody over Here wants to get over There. All at the same time.

Three Fingered Jack

The hand coming from the open locker on the left and wrapping itself around the young lady's neck seems out of place. It appears to be a hand of someone much older. Eerie.

[It belongs to Pencil-Boy. - Dave]

Feminine filly

Never mind the guy with the eyebrows. If I’m not mistaken, immediately to the right of him is the “tall, confident, athletic but feminine filly in the white dress” that reminds JennyPennifer of her mother-in-law in the previous post (linked by Dave to this one). Same bow in the hair, same black star on the white collar, only this time with a radiant smile. What a charming lady. And I may have wondered this before, but why is it that all the girls look like women while so many women nowadays look like girls?

So Bright

The flash, it is strong.


Pencil Mouth makes his move.

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