I love this time of year, it makes me nostalgic for school days and early Beatles records and bronzed autumn leaves, crusty pumpkin pie, warm apple cider, sweaters and boots, fresh books and blank notepads for new pens writing secret notes about old flames.
This collection of photos, taken by Life magazine, was for a piece that focused on a group of incoming high school students in Iowa, 1947. WWII was ending and a new crop of teenagers was bursting at the seams, ready to consume milkshakes, movies on huge screens, and shiny vinyl discs of crooners, doo wop, and the burgeoning scene of rock n' roll music.
I love how these photos show real girls-- not too polished or edited-- wearing their local trends. Who knew the thing in Des Moines in 1947 was scores and scores of shiny silver bohemian bangles and dark red lips? I noted that their hairstyles are much looser and more carefree than the movie star idols in the pictures of the era who had deeply waved and hard molded tresses. And, I love their dreamy photo collages on the wall-- something you think only more modern teen girls have started. Some things don't change. Good to know teens have always been piling into cars and meeting at the local watering hole, hosting make-out parties, and dishing about it later at the sleepover.
High school students in Des Moines, Iowa 1947
by photographer George Skadding