U.S. School Clothes: Green County School (Ohio, 1900s)


Figure 1.--This photo shows the pupils and the teacher in front of a rural schoolhouse in Greene County, Ohio. There would have been several schools like this one in the county. We do not know if the school had aame or mumber. Often schools like this were named after a local community or landmark. It was probably built on land designated for schools when the Federal governmrnt sold public lands. The photograph is undated. We think it was taken in the 1900s because the boys look to be wearing knee pants rather than knickers. But even more prevalent are overalls which we usually di not begin seeing untill the late-1900s decade. A reader thinks the white area is snow. It could be which would be a little surprising because several of the boys are barefoot. He writes, "It seems to me that there is also some snow on the grass. That amazes me. The boys started going barefootg before the snow had melted."

This photo shows the pupils and the teacher in front of a rural schoolhouse in Greene County, Ohio. There would have been several schools like this one in the county. We do not know if the school had aame or number. Often schools like this were named after a local community or landmark. It was probably built on land designated for schools when the Federal governmrnt sold public lands. It is a solid brick building which probably replaced an early structure. Notice that depite the size, there are two doors. We are not sure if this meant that there were two rooms. The photograph is undated. We think it was taken in the 1900s because the boys look to be wearing knee pants rather than knickers. But even more prevalent are overalls which we usually di not begin seeing untill the late late-1900s decade. The overalls some of the boys wear suggest the later part of the decade. Baseball seems popular. Country boys often had trouble getting enough friends together to play baseball. School recess provided a rare opportunity. This and the fact that the trees are just coming out suggests the Spring. Notice tht some of the boys are already barefoot.








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