John Small Elementary School (United States, 1940s)


Figure 1.--A class portrait shows a 1st grade class at John Small Elementary School. Elementary is the American term for primary school. Children begin 1st grade at age 6 years. The portrait was taken during the 1946-47 school year. The school was located in Washington, Beaufort County, North Carolina. Washingtom is the county seat of Beaufort County, an agricultural county.

A class portrait shows a 1st grade class at John Small Elementary School. Elementary is the American term for primary school. Children begin 1st grade at age 6 years. The portrait was taken during the 1946-47 school year. The school was located in Washington, Beaufort County, North Carolina. Washingtom is the county seat of Beaufort County, an agricultural county. Washington is located on the Pamilco River in eastern part of the state. The building looks like a school built before the War. The school is still operating today, but in a brand new building. The boys wear comfortable T-shirts and open collar short sleve shirts. We suspect the portrait was taken in the spring of 1947. One boy wears overalls and two were barefoot. This was common before World war II, but rapidly declining after the War. The same was true of short pants, even for the younger boys. By the end of the decade we see even 1st graders wearing long pants. This varied regionally, shorts continued tgo be worn somewhat more commonly in the southern states. The girls all wore dresses. Notice that the children are wearing leather shies. Sneakers were not considered proper for school.







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