U.S. School Clothes: Southington Elementary School (Connecticut)


Figure 1.--Here we have a wonderful early color photograph at the Southington Elementary School, or so we are guessing. There was probably more than one elementary (primary) school in Southington. The children look to be about 10-years old. The photograph was taken in 1942. The occassion was was kind of school festival. It may be assiciated with America's entry into World War II. The feastival apparently dealt with nutrition, an important issue on the Home Front. We see a poster. 'Eat Fruit'. The girls all wear prim dresses, most wil baloon sleeves. Some girls wear girlish-style shoes while others wear sturdy oxfords more like the boys' styles. One girl wears saddle shoes. As the weather is warm they all wear anklets. The boys are in the back wering dress shirts with supenders and holding American flags. This with the entry into World War II was a time for patriotic show.

Here we have a wonderful early color photograph at the Southington Elementary School, or so we are guessing. There was probably more than one elementary (primary) school in Southington. Southingtonn was an unremarable small town of about 10,000 people in the middle of Connecticut. The children look to be about 10-years old. The photograph was taken in 1942. The occassion was was a kind of school festival. It may be associated with America's entry into World War II. The feastival apparently dealt with nutrition, an important issue on the Home Front. We see a poster. 'Eat Fruit'. It was not easy getting hold of color film in 1942. The photograph here was part of a defense project. Months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the U.S. War Department selected Southington to illustrate a defense booklet titled "Southington, CT—Microcosm of America" (May 1942). Photographers roamed the city taking photos of residents at work, at play and in their homes, schools, and churches. The resulting publication was intended to show friends and foes alike in Europe the typical American citizens and families, their traditions, and values. Thousands of copies were dropped from military aircraft all over NAZI occupied Europe. The girls all wear prim dresses, most with baloon sleeves. Some girls wear girlish-style strap shoes while others wear sturdy oxfords more like the boys' styles. One girl wears saddle shoes. As the weather is warm they all wear anklets. The boys are in the back wering dress shirts with supenders and holding American flags. This with the entry into World War II was a time for patriotic show







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