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Bob Lind, Published October 10 2012

Neighbors: Pinafores and pompadours once in fashion in North Dakota

This photo may be a little fuzzy. But after all, it was taken in the early 1900s.

The photo is of the students and some women who are thought to be teachers outside the rural school near Penn, N.D. It was sent in by Joyce Erickson, of Hastings, Minn., because her mother-to-be, Signe Elgaen, is the girl in the second row, second from the right. The boy to Signe’s left is Signe’s brother Carl.

Joyce points out that Signe and two other girls standing near her are wearing white pinafores.

A pinafore, Joyce explains, is a sleeveless dress or apron fastened in the back, which was the style in the early 1900s.

By the time Joyce and her sister came along, pinafores were out of style, she says.

Also note the women’s hairstyles.

She says it was the pompadour, which had the hair high over the forehead.

One more thing: Joyce says the rule for schoolgirls then was to wear dresses; slacks were absolutely forbidden. That rule was true when Joyce went to school, also.

Apparently school dress codes have changed a bit since then.


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