33 Vintage First-Day-Of-School Photos

Take a look at these lovely photos to see how the first day of school has changed from the past century.

A young boy and girl on the way to school for the start of a new term in the 1920s
A girl’s first day of school in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, circa 1921
Japanese children in traditional garb start school in California in 1927
A 5-year-old girl shows off her books after her first day of kindergarten, circa 1929
A mother takes her daughter by the hand as they head to school in the late 1920s or early 1930s
A young Australian boy stares into a classroom already full of students, circa 1930
Children on their way home from school, with book bags strapped on their backs, after the first day of classes in Germany, circa 1930
Parents and their children are seen outside a school in Tokyo in the early 20th century
Students in France greet a photographer at the start of a new term by shaking their schoolbags in 1932
During World War II, Parisian students line up a courtyard on the first day of classes
A little boy in Paris says goodbye to his mother outside a school in September 1945
As their instruction begins in 1948, students at the Lucy D. Anthony school examine a small turtle
In 1948, a young girl shares a moment with her mother outside the Lucy D. Anthony school in Madison, New Jersey
Joyce Payne and Vincent Baker have fun depicting their teacher at a school in New York’s Harlem community on Sep. 13, 1948
Nap-time on the first day in 1949
Wide-eyed children listening to fairy-tales on their first school day in 1949
Children getting to know their new teacher, circa 1950
Students eagerly vie to be called on at a New York school, circa 1950
Teacher Agnes Bolton stands in the schoolhouse door on the first day of classes for her only pupil, Jimmy MacLellan, in Scotland, circa 1950
Five-year-old Howard Crafter has a tough time adjusting at the St. Nicholas County school, circa 1952
Richard Sharp on his first day at the St. Nicholas County Primary School in Loughton, England, circa 1952
Children hard at work on Sept. 15, 1959
Delores York heads off for her first day at a previously all-white school in September 1960 in Arkansas
Two brothers about to start the new school year, circa 1964
Mary Lynch, an assistant principal at a school in Boston’s Roxbury community, leads first graders to a school in the city’s North End on Sept. 6, 1967. Operation Exodus, a voluntary busing program organized by Roxbury parents, transported students from overcrowded schools in predominantly black neighborhoods to schools in predominantly white neighborhoods that had vacant seats
Children walk up a flight of stairs to attend a newly desegregated school in Berkeley, California, 1968
Jim Hard (left) of Framingham, Massachusetts, gets acquainted with Joseph Reis of the Roxbury neighborhood at the Trotter School in Boston on Sept. 3, 1969
Canadian kindergarten teacher Trisha Langley teaching her first lessons on Sept. 7, 1971
Students at the Mary E. Curley School in Boston on Sept. 8, 1975
Maranda Francisco seems taken aback by a classmate’s antics on Sept. 20, 1987
Students line up at the Side Creek Elementary School in Aurora, Colorado, on Aug. 11, 1987
Schools kids arrive at Ellis Elementary School in Denver on Aug. 31, 1988
Five-year-old Dylan O’ Sullivan appears determined to make it a good year as he heads into class in Denver on Aug. 30, 1989

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