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U.S. School Clothes: Individual Schools--The 1960s

Figure 1.--Here we see a school yard scene in Central City, Colorado. We are guessing it is a Catholic school, but we are not sure about that. The boys seem to be wearing various casual shirts with jeans and slacks. The girls wear dresses. The photograph looks to have been taken in the 1960s, but is not dated.

We notice boys in the early 1960s dressing similarly to the 1950s. Primary-level boys commonly wote T-shirts and jeans. Few boys wore short pants. Many Catholic schools had begun to require basic uniforms. Girls wore dresses. Hair syles were short. We begin to note substantial changes by the end of the decade. The biggest chznge was in boys' hair styles and we begin tonotice some longer cuts. T-shirts and jeans continued to be common in primary schools, but we begin to see some younger boys wearing casual short pants. Secondary schools generally tried to insist on short hair. Many also attempted to prohibit jrans, but here experienced some diffivculty. We notice somd girls wearing shorts and long pants rather thamn skirts.

Central City Catholic School (1960s)

Here we see a school yard scene in Central City, Colorado. It looks like quite an old school. We are guessing it is a Catholic school because of the church in the background. We are not, however, sure about that. The children arevnot wearing uniforms and many Catholic schools by the 60s had uniforms. The photograph is a good example of playground activities. The boys seem to be wearing various casual shirts with jeans and slacks. The girls wear dresses. The photograph looks to have been taken in the 1960s, but is not dated.

Pierce Elementary School (1963)

Pierce Elementary School was located in West Pasco County, Florida. It sems a typical southern elementary (primary) school in the rural South. An image from 1963 shows a first grade class. Stripped "T" shirts seem very popular. The boys all wears jeans which was very common at American elementary schools. Notice te one boy who has flap pockets. The girls dresses. One boy is barefoot. That was unusual by the 1960s at American schools. The school was located in a rural area, but even in rural areas coming barefoot to school had declined sharply.

Anona Elementary School (1964)

The Anona Elementary School is located in Largo, Florida, a city near Tampa on the Gulf of Mexico coast. Anona is one of the older public schools in Florida, founded in 1874. The southern states, unlike the northern states did not begin to build a public school system before the Civil War. This only began after the War in the Reconstruction period. Lost Cause historians accused Reconstruction legislatures of being fiscally irresponsible. One of the reasons for higher state spending was the cost of building and maintaining public schools. Here we have a group of Anona 1st graders (6 year old) with a Native American chief in 1964. We are not sure what the ocassion was.

Tahoe School (1969)

think the name of the school is the Tahoe School. It is a little difficult to read the placard. It looks to be an elementary (primary school). Presumably this is a school located in Nevadaa near Lake Tahoe. Elementary schools were normally for grades 1-6, but there was some variation among states. The building in the background seems to be a fairly modrn suburbam school, but we do not know where it was located. The placard in front suggests that the school was operating during the 1960s. I think the placard says 1969, but I would have guessed a few years earlier. The girls all wear dresses. The boys wear casual shorts and blue jeans or other long pants.

Bertha Heid Elementary School (1969)

Here we see a dance demonstration as part of an arts festival at a Colorado primary school. A press caption read, "Bertha Heid School Flies Mobiles: These mobiles under which the children are dancing are only a few of artifacts on display in Bertha Heid Elementary School, E. 91st Ave. and Poze Blvd., Thorton [near Denver]. The occasion for the 1,300 mobiles, pictures on all availabke wll spce in the hallway, butterflys on corridor ceilings , and sculpture and ceramics perched everywhere, is schools annual art show. The public art exhibit is by students of Mrs. Alice Pavlisin and Mrs. Kathryn Hoggard. Art is work of first-fourth grade." Notice the Cub Scout and Brownie. The photograph is dated April 30, 1969. Thorton was a farming area until after World War II after which it began to develop as a suburban area for the griwin Denver municipal area. Imncomes were bove average and it became a middle-class comminity. It is a good exmple of the attention given to art and extra-curricular activity in American schools. This seems to be an especially important arts festival, but similar if not as elaborate events were organized at many other American schools.


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