This photo was sent to Grandpa (John Hubbard) by the teacher, in 1944 or 1945. She folded it to put it in the envelope to send. I Photoshopped it for class a few years ago - the original version is below, folds and all.
The students' names are all on the back. (I'll add them when I find the original again.)
I am publishing it now partly because I have been meaning to get around to contacting the school, if it still exists, to see if they want a copy. And partly because Erin at Dressaday
gave a link to a project collecting fashion images of women of color, who are left out of the histories. (Of Another Fashion
by Minh-Ha Pham
And if you look at the names, there's not an anglo in this class.
So this is what high school students in California were wearing in 1944-45. I don't know if these were everyday clothes, or if they knew she was going to take the photo, and they're dressed up a little. I do know that school clothes were more formal then (judging from my experience a couple of decades later).
Labels: 2011, California, fashion history, grandpa, Photoshop