The Vienna Elementary School looks to be a standard American elementary (primary) school with a 6-year, grade 1-6 program. It was located in Vienna, the county Seat of Dooly County, Georgia. Dooly County was one of the original landlot counties which were created from land ceded from the Creeks after the Creek War. It is locted in south-central Georgia. We have some class portraits from the 1950s. The girls wear a variety of dresses. The boys are notable for their short hair cuts which were very popular at the time, especially in the South. They mostly wear striped T-shirts and coloful collared shirts with jeans. These garments were very common at American schools at the time. Going barefoot at school was common in southern States before World War II, but that began to decline after the War. It became much less common by the early 1950s. Many of the younger boys at this scool were barefoot in the early 1950s, especially after the weather warmed up. Vienna was the county seat and thus not a rural school, but Dooly was a rural county without any large towns.
This was Miss Adkin's 2nd Grade class at the Vienna Elementary School in 1951-52. The class portrait was taken April 15, 1952. April is commonly a little chilly, even in Georgia. The girls wear dresses, a few have added sweaters and one girl wears a coat. The boys mostly wear long-sleeve shirts. Several have added jackets or sweaters. One boy has a cowboy theemedsweatshirt. A heary soul wears a short-sleeve "T"-shirt. Most of the boys wear jeans. Almost all the children wears shoes. One boy is barefoot. This was becoming less common in the United States, even in the Deep South by the 1950s. We note, however, that when the weather warms up that more children (mostly the boys) come to school barefoot.
This was Miss Fort's 3rd Grade class at the Vienna Elementary School in 1952-53. The children would have been 8-9 years old. The portrait was taken May 7, 1953. The weather by May in Georgia was beginning to get hot. The girls mostly wear dresses. At least one girl wears a blouseand skirt. Short hair with Striped T-shirts or colorful collared shirts seem very popular with the boys. Almost all the boys wear jeans. One boy wears short pants. Most of the boys were barefoot. This was becoming less common in the United States at the time, but Dooly country was a rural county and many younger boys sttill went barefoot, especially when the weather got warm. This would not have been as common in a larger town.
This was Mrs. Forehand's 6rd Grade class at the Vienna Elementary School in 1955-56. The children would have been 11-12 years old. The portrait is not dated, but was probanly taken May 7, 1956. The weather by May in Georgia was beginning to get hot. The girls wear a variety of blouses ahd skirts and dresses. Notice that none of the girls wear jeans. The boys have their hair cut short. They wear colorful collared shorts. One pne wears a "T" shirt under his shirt, although some may wear sleevless vests. At least one boy did. Two boys wear "T" shirts. They mostly wear jeans. Note the cuffs and worn knees. Their foot wear is varied. We see high-top sneakers (both white and black), moscasins, and leather shoes. Only one boy is barefoot. The difference between this and the 1952-53 portrait is probably the age of the boys, although the 3-year difference was also a factor.
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