The Clare Spark Blog

September 7, 2010

Interior of a midwestern classroom, 1943

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A Christian interior with one Jewish student


  1. Ahh, but those Christian classrooms were built around a Jew. A Jew, at that, Who by my Catholic lights came to this world to die for this old gentile’s and others’ sins; and save me from the death penalty due me for my sins. And, in His first manifestations, He chose the Jews: “I will be your God and you will be My people”.

    And, until very recently, prior generations even posed for moving pictures in fixed and ‘serious’ (formal?) poses.

    Comment by Warren Jewell — October 24, 2011 @ 1:13 am | Reply

  2. Interesting picture.
    I’m more fascinated by the composition. This was obviously a planned “class picture” but didn’t involve the set-up of lining the children in rows and posing, they are photographed in-situ as pupils in the class. They haven’t even been arranged to the point that some are obscured by taller students in front of them. Do you remember it being taken?
    And none of the children are smiling. Is this the last generation that hadn’t been trained from birth to “say cheese” when someone pulls out a camera?

    Comment by Katrina — September 8, 2010 @ 6:27 am | Reply

    • Thanks Katrina. After I posted it, I too noticed the gravity of the children’s demeanour. I wonder how many of them had fathers or mothers in the armed forces? Did they know about the world war taking place? Perhaps though it is as you say, simply not yet the habit to tell children to look happy.

      Comment by clarespark — September 8, 2010 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

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