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Childhoods past
Social events

Introduction | Social events | Political events | Special events | Personal and cultural identity | Hermannsberg and Aurukun school

School and family life | Writing patterns | Fingerpainting | Observations of daily life | 'Reach for the apple' | Frances Derham

 

Children use drawing to document their feelings and views about the world around them. During the Great Depression, children recorded the changing social order with images of unemployment and child labour. On the European front during the 1940s, children witnessed war as it evolved and the impact on their lives is revealed in their drawings.

 

C E Gustafsson
Finland

Depression

20.0 x 22.0 cm

 

 

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Gheeli Sonnberg
Finland

Paper boy

24.2 x 19.4 cm

 

 

 

 

 

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Grebenkin
Russia

A collective farm


22.0 x 32.0 cm

 

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Kurochkin
Russia

Demonstration


17.6 x 22.0 cm

 

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Popov
Russia

Collective farm


14.8 x 21.0 cm

 

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T Malo
Central America

Building of the Panama canal


24.4 x 34.0 cm

 

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