School Clothes, Then and Now

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School Clothes, Then

When our grandparents went to school, many children did not wear school uniforms. Instead they wore their own clothes to school every day.

Boys wore short trousers with braces and a shirt. Girls wore a skirt or a dress with a blouse. Both boys and girls wore woolly jumpers or cardigans in the winter.

This is a photograph of pupils from a National School in County Roscommon. It was taken in 1949. What are some boys at the front wearing on their feet? What are the girls wearing in their hair? What ages do you think these children were?