• "Children Watching Television," 1951. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library via California Digital Library.

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    Children watching television [graphic]
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    • 1951
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    • Hoff, Eddie.
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    • The Children's Hour"--1951 style--Teddy Hoff, 9, Hollywood schoolboy, and his friend Paula Simonton, also 9, breathlessly watch space-suited explorers on television. Adding a bizarre touch to the interplanetary pajamas, Teddy wears a "space patrol" h... more
      The Children's Hour"--1951 style--Teddy Hoff, 9, Hollywood schoolboy, and his friend Paula Simonton, also 9, breathlessly watch space-suited explorers on television. Adding a bizarre touch to the interplanetary pajamas, Teddy wears a "space patrol" haircut, a new fad of the vast and growing legion of juvenile TV space drama fans. The hair is worn close cropped, with a circle dropping into a V at the back of the neck. LAPL00042887. less
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  • Girls in costume tap dancing, Georgia, 1953. Courtesy of the Pine Mountain Regional Library via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Photograph of girls tap dancing, Manchester, Georgia, 1953
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    • Photograph of six young girls tap dancing in costume. They wear tutus and veils, and perform on stage in Bainbridge, Georgia. This photograph is from a scrapbook submitted to Georgia Power's 1953 Champion Home Town contest. The contest was extended t... more
      Photograph of six young girls tap dancing in costume. They wear tutus and veils, and perform on stage in Bainbridge, Georgia. This photograph is from a scrapbook submitted to Georgia Power's 1953 Champion Home Town contest. The contest was extended to towns with populations under 20,000. The photos document the town's progress in the areas of education, industry, recreation, youth, clubs and societies, complete with brief written progress reports. Pine Mountain Regional Library, Manchester, Georgia. less
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  • “Photograph of two women and a boy sweeping the streets, Clarkesville, Georgia, 1953.” Courtesy of the Clarkesville-Habersham Library via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Photograph of two women and a boy sweeping the streets, Clarkesville, Georgia, 1953
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    • 1953
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    • Photograph of two women and a boy sweeping the streets, Clarkesville, Georgia, 1953. This photograph is from a scrapbook submitted to Georgia Power's 1953 Champion Home Town contest. The contest was extended to towns with populations under 20,000. Th... more
      Photograph of two women and a boy sweeping the streets, Clarkesville, Georgia, 1953. This photograph is from a scrapbook submitted to Georgia Power's 1953 Champion Home Town contest. The contest was extended to towns with populations under 20,000. The photos document the town's progress in the areas of education, industry, recreation, youth, clubs and societies, complete with brief written progress reports. Clarkesville-Habersham Library, Clarkesville, Georgia. less
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  • African American students in a classroom in Habersham County, Georgia, 1953. Courtesy of the Clarkesville-Habersham Library via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Photograph of African American students in a classroom, Habersham County, Georgia, 1953
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    • 1953
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    • Photograph of African American students in a classroom in Habersham County, Georgia, 1953. This photograph is from a scrapbook submitted to Georgia Power's 1953 Champion Home Town contest. The contest was extended to towns with populations under 20,0... more
      Photograph of African American students in a classroom in Habersham County, Georgia, 1953. This photograph is from a scrapbook submitted to Georgia Power's 1953 Champion Home Town contest. The contest was extended to towns with populations under 20,000. The photos document the towns' progress in the areas of education, industry, recreation, youth, clubs and societies, complete with brief written progress reports. Clarkesville-Habersham Library, Clarkesville, Georgia. less
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Suburbia

In the economic boom of the post World War II-era, housing was in high demand. Through a provision of the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act, a mortgage program provided for returning soldiers in 1944. People were eager to buy homes and settle down, away from crowded cities that afforded little space for their children to play. Enterprising developers went to work building spaces that could specifically accommodate families.

Dr. Spock’s bestselling book on parenting, The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, implored parents towards a more empathetic style of parenting, through which children’s needs were listened to and understood. Rigid schedules and firm rules for children were slowly discarded, and children occupied a more empowered position in postwar families. The suburban homes that many families lived in reflected this, with designated playrooms and spacious yards.

However, the safe parks and new schools that so attracted families were not enjoyed by all in the postwar period. Facilities were racially segregated throughout the South, and African American children might be educated in dilapidated army barracks, while their white peers learned in a new and spacious school building.