Pay attention, kids

School kids in old Boston

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    Twins?

    The two boys on the far right have to be twins, yes? Desperately hoping BCA has names and bios for everyone pictured.

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    I believe

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    that those two boys are both Herbert Hoover. It doesn't make much sense, but appearances don't lie.

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    And

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    I'm pretty sure that's Ma Barker in the front.

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    Institutional?

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    Everyone is wearing what appears to be the same style of eyeglasses, though maybe there just weren't that many styles available during the period. Still, 100% in glasses...Perkins? I'd guess 1930s-1940s from clothing and hair.

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    Institutional

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    Close. I'd guess Catholic school of some kind. Kids look like they are praying and have uniforms on. Possible religious picture in back.

    Holy Name school? Cathedral? 1935 seems about right.

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    Not praying...

    I don't think this is done anymore but when I was in public elementary school we were commonly told to sit quietly with our hands folded when we were otherwise unoccupied.

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    Not Parochial School

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    That's my guess, as there isn't enough uniformity in clothing. And I'd say we're looking more at 1920's, perhaps, by the knickers worn by the boys. Beyond those two observations, though, I have nothing.

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    Meet ya halfway

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    Good points from both sides, so I'm going to say it is a Protestant - type school. You know, less strict less guilt and all.

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    If I'm not mistaken, this

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    If I'm not mistaken, this appears to be a picture of the room where they sent all the kids who lost their lunch money.

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    The Answer!

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    Thanks for playing, folks! This is an "Eye Conservation Class" at Washington Irving Middle School in 1937. We're not sure exactly what took place in a class like this - so tomorrow's "just for fun" project is to find a description of the class in the 1937 school report!

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