U.S. School Clothes: Harriet School (Minneapolis, Minnesota)


Figure 1.-- This is an interesting photo from the Harriet School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, taken in 1920. It shows school children depositing money in their school bank accounts. The idea was to promote the virtue of thrift among school children and to teach them greater maturity in the handling of their money.

This is an interesting photo from the Harriet School, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Harruet School was an elementary school, probably for grades 1-6. The photograph was taken in 1920. It shows school children depositing money in their school bank accounts. The idea was to promote the virtue of thrift among school children and to teach them greater maturity in the handling of their money. These were probably savings accounts into which the children were depositing some of their weekly allowances. I'm not sure whether a commercial bank was involved here and extending their services through a school program, but I suspect this was the case. It is hard to imagine a public school getting into the banking business on its own. At some of tgese babks, the kids themselves habdeled the money. Here one of thecteachers or a babk employee handeled the deposits. These kinds of activities were generally discontinued in the 1960s. It is interesting that in this photo, boys greatly predominate over girls. The boys wear wear knicker suits with above-the-knee knickers and long black stockings. Corduroy seems popular. The girls also wear dresses, includung a sailor dress. They also wear long stockings, bith white and black. The children look to be 4th or 5th gradees, about 9-11 years old.







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