Figure 1.-- Here we see a backyard scene from Jersey City, New Jersey. We even know the address, 9 Hancock Avenue. It is a family snapshot probably taken by dad in July 1937. The boys are Ralph Herman Freudenberg I (1931-92) and Richard Charles Freudenberg (1932- ). The boys wear "T"-shirts and white shorts. American boys had for many years worn knickers, but they were becoming less popular in the late 1930s. Youngr boys like Ralph and Charles commonly wore shorts, especially in the summer.

Ralph Herman Freudenberg I and Richard Charles Freudenberg (United States, 1937)

Here we see a backyard scene from Jersey City, New Jersey. We even know the address, 9 Hancock Avenue. It is a family snapshot probably taken by dad in July 1937. The boys are Ralph Herman Freudenberg I (1931-92) and Richard Charles Freudenberg (1932- ). The boys wear "T"-shirts and white shorts. American boys had for many years worn knickers, but they were becoming less popular in the late 1930s. Youngr boys like Ralph and Charles commonly wore shorts, especially in the summer. Note the ankle socks. They were not common in the 1920s, but becamme increasingly common in the late 30s. Some boys eve wore them with knickers. Also note the leather shoes. Sneakers existed, but boys very commonly wore leather shoes, even for play. We also see two neighbor girls: Winifred T. McManus (1928- )and Nora Belle Piatt (c1921-?). Girls still commonly wore dresses, even for play. Girls also wore leather shoes, nut more commonly strap shoes or sandals.








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