U.S. School Clothes: Accident School (Maryland)


Figure 1.-- Accident, Maryland is is small town in extreme western Maryland well up into the Appalachin Mountains. While small, they had a substantial white plank school. We have a postcard-back portrait of the school. The children are posing outside with thir teachr in 1913. The teacher holds the new 48-star American Flag. One of the boys holds a chalkboard with the words "Accident School 1913" on it. Unfortuntely the children are streached out meaning that we do not have close ups of their faces and schoolwear. Here are the children to the left close to the teacger. Click on the image to see the full group.

Accident, Maryland is is small town in Garrett County, extreme western Maryland well up into the Appalachin Mountains. While a very small town, they had a substantial white plank school and surprisinglya brick high school. As far as we know, this was the smallest town in America with a public high school. We have a postcard-back portrait of the school. The children are posing outside the school with their teachr in 1913. In contrast to the high school, there are no windows, at leaston this side of the school. The teacher holds the new 48-star American Flag. One of the boys holds a chalkboard with the words "Accident School 1913" on it. Unfortuntely the children are streached out meaning that we do not have close ups of their faces and schoolwear. Someone put an "x" over onehead of a girl in the back row and an "x" on the face of another girl, meaning that they died at an early age. Given the smll size of Accident (about 200 people at the time) the town, many of the children would have come from the rural area around the town. In 1913, most boys wore knickers to school, but in rural areas more boys wore long pants. One younger boy wears a light-colored button-on suit with a larrge collar. Heis rather stylishly dressed compared to the other children. This might be called an Oliver Twist suit. There are 30 childre of all primary ages, probably meaning 8th grade or about 13 years of age. The school looks large enough to have more than one room.









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