Figure 1.-- This photograph was taken in 1955. The children were all dressed in white. I think this might have been a graduarion photograph. It was taken in 1955. I don't know if the school had a uniform in 1955 or what it consisted of. The white outfits look more like a graduation outfit than a daily school uniform. The boys all wear white shirts and short pants. Some were self-belted shorts. The girls wear white dresses.
This may be the same school as another St. James archived on HBC. It is also located in St. Louis. But there may be more than one St. James in St. Louis. This we do not know yet. Here we have a photo of a kindergarden class from St. James School. The scool is identified as being located in Dogtown, apparently a suburb or district of St. Louis.
Dogtown (also seen as Dog Town) seems an unusual name. It apparently was an Irish immigrant neighborhood in St. Louis.
This photograph was taken in 1955. The children were all dressed in white. I think this might have been a graduation photograph--note the rolled-up diploma scrolls. It was taken in 1955. I don't know if the school had a uniform in 1955 or what it consisted of. The white outfits look more like a graduation outfit than a daily school uniform. The boys all wear white shirts and short pants. Notice how some moms have added white ties to shirts that were not made for ties. Some were self-belted shorts. These were going out of style by 1955.
Most of the girls wear white dresses. The children were also apparently told to wear white shoes or sandals, although saddles shoes apparently was an option. Note that both boys and girls wear saddle shoes. One boy wears single strap white sandals with the toes cut out (click on figure 1). I believe boys rarely wore these. We suspect that mom didn't want to buy a pair of white shoes ar sandals just for this ceremony. These probably are his sister's shoes. A reader writes, "You could be right about wearing his sister's shoes, but I have seen boys wearing these sandals, but not often."
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