Sunday, February 1, 2009

Puff Sleeves and Smallpox Vacinations

When I was in the First Grade in 1954, we got our Smallpox Vaccinations through the School system...........I remember it like it was yesterday. We all went down to the Municipal Building on a School Bus and stood in line for a nurse to poke us on the arm................lots of tears and lots of screaming for all those little 6 year olds.........I don't remember it hurting that much, but kinda like Childbirth.........the pain fades............

But what I do remember is the cookie and cup of Koolaid we got after the shot. Plus, we were out of school. Now after spending a total of 3 weeks in school, why would that be a treat? Who knows the mind of a 6 year old.

Anyway, the other thing I remember is..........the big honkin' sore that came up on my arm a week later...........at that time all little girls were puff sleeves that fit tight around the upper arm (not elastic)..........so what did the enterprising post depression Mom's do? Of course they cut one sleeve out of the dress................so there was a plethora of little 1st grade girls running around town with one puff sleeve and one bare arm.

This is a perfect example of the dresses we wore that year.


Of course we didn't wear the Sundress version.............even though it was warm enough here in Texas and there was no air conditioning....the concept(for Eisenhower Era Moms) was that it was September and a New School Year so you wore, New School Clothes.........WOW have Times Changed!!!!

3 comments:

propriatress said...

that's right! school clothes were for school, and play clothes were for play...along with the cut off sleeve, do you remember having the toes cut off of school shoes in June, for summer wear...to extend the wearing just a bit more...before...new school shoes were bought in September?

CEMETARIAN We Dig Memories said...

LOL...the shoe toes are a new one on me. We just went barefoot. I still do........from April to Oct.......

propriatress said...

Barefoot! awww, the memories of warm sunny days...