U.S. School Clothes: St. Andrew's (1920s)


Figure 1.--The portrait is undated, but looks like the mid-1920s. This looks like a class group, perhaps 11-year olds which would mean 6th graders. There is no uniform which parochial schools would later adot, but the boys are all dressed similarly, ties and knickers with long black stockings. We see public schools where boys were dressed similarly, but the school may have had a dress code.

We know next to nothing about this school. We only know that he name of the school was St. Andrews because of the name on the entrance. And we know that it was erected in 1912. There is studio information in he lower left ciorner. We cannot make out the ciyy, but we do see KIN meaning Indiana a state in the industrial midwest. Catholic immigrants primarily settled in the industrial cities of the Northeast and Midwest. We believe it was a Catholic school because of the name, although there were other possibilities, such as a Lutheran school. It looks like a substantial school. By 1912 the Catholic parishes throughout America were becoming well established. With the exception of the Irish, significant Catholic immigration in American began in the 1870s and by the 1910s the economic scuccess of Catholics in America meant that many mostly urban parishes which could afford to build substantial churches and schools. The portrait is undated, but looks like the mid-1920s. This looks like a class group, perhaps 11-year olds which would mean 6th graders. There is no uniform which parochial schools would later adot, but the boys are all dressed similarly, ties and knickers with long black stockings. We see public schools where boys were dressed similarly, but the school may have had a dress code. There are about 40 children in the class. Parochial schoold tended to have large class sizes than the public schools. This was a matter of finance. Church schools had no access to public funds.







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