Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Roosevelt High, 1942

Guns in school, pre-Columbine, when patriotism was the only thing this pictures suggested.

Here's the caption: August 1942. "Training in marksmanship helps girls at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles develop into responsible women. Part of Victory Corps activities there, rifle practice encourages girls to be accurate in handling firearms. Practicing on the rifle range in the school's basement." Large format acetate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information

All of this comes from Shorpy.com. See the original (quite large) here. And when you see it in all its blown-up glory, please tell me if you agree that these "girls" look just a little too sculpted and flawless to pass for real high schoolers.

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