Below is a photo of Lucia Arras’s second grade class at Lincoln School in Findlay, Ohio. It was taken in early spring, 1931.
Lucia is visible just over her teacher’s shoulder in the light-colored dress.
The boys are wearing the typical outfit of the day: dress shirt, sweater and tie, knickerbockers and long woolen socks. It wasn’t until they were older that most boys would graduate to long pants.
Of particular interest are the shoes worn by two young men in the front row:
Look familiar? They’re early Converse athletic shoes! Within the next year or so, the Chuck Taylor name was added to the badge visible on the inner ankle.
At the time, a pair of these shoes cost about $1.101. A loaf of bread cost roughly 7 cents and a pound of cheese, 20 cents2.
Several other children in Lucia’s class are recognizable when compared with her 6th grade photo.
Jeanne Anne Athey:
Twins, Marian and Mildred Saller.
Oddly, when the Arras family sold their home on Joy Avenue to move to 519 W. Lincoln, it was the Saller family that moved in! Lucia always remembered the neighbors there at Joy Avenue, George and Minnie Gayer, with great fondness. It was they who gave her her first (and only) doll.
1 Evening Independent (Massillon, OH), p 1, col 2
2 Brazil Daily Times (Brazil, IN), p 6, col 1 & col 6.