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The Invention of Teenagers: LIFE and the Triumph of Youth Culture (TEXT and PHOTOS)

Society & Culture  (tags: teenagers, culture, family, fashion, photos, children, interesting, society )

- 2020 days ago -
Historians and social critics differ on the specifics of the timeline, but most cultural observers agree that the strange and fascinating creature known as the American teenager as we now understand the species came into being sometime in the early 1940's


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Peggy A (0)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 12:13 pm

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 1:56 pm
Love some of the captions. I remember the plain shetland sweater and the pleated wool skirts from the '50's too. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane Carrie.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 3:12 pm
Thanks Carrie.

Christeen A (299)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 3:34 pm
This was very interesting and I enjoyed it. Thanks for the share.

Jae A (316)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 3:55 pm
Strolling down memory cool it was ! Thanks Carrie for the sharing !

Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 5:01 pm

Until the 1960's American teenagers were the most involved in politics and of course had the time to be "teen agers" some thing that others did not. Now it's grown to include young people in all corners of the world and they are often the ones with really good ideas.

Just today,I heard a man say "Those young kids, today" -- I had to smile. In one language or another this must be the oldest grumbling of parents about the young.
Those kids today are much the same as we were, different clothes, different music but otherwise, much the same.
I love their youthful passion. I remember that.


Carrie B (306)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 5:04 pm
I also remember that youthful passion. Where has it gone?

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:10 pm
Enjoyed Photos...not born yet, they're my mother's time. As far as the passion goes, it's there just channeled differently, as in electronics. Their world has opened up so much more than I had ever imagined when I was a teen. Thank you for sharing these with us.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:40 pm
Wow GGma, these are from my older sisters' time and they were born in 1940 and 1942! I was born in 1949. You must have been born much before your 1947 birth date.

Veronica C (18)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 10:01 pm
I could spend WAY too much time at that site!!

. (0)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 6:27 am
Noted. Ambivalent about the past; I'm too interested in the future.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 6:43 am
I missed out on being a teenager, but I had a very rich and different life during those years.

S S (0)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 12:43 pm
Thank you.

Connie O (45)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 2:48 pm
I love looking at old photos like these..thanks!

Barb K (1686)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 3:57 pm
Seems like teens were more respectful back then. Maybe it was the lack of modern technology. Thnx Carrie...I AM too young to remember those days; wasn't born until 3/60!!

Susanne R (235)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 11:14 pm
I enjoyed the photos but couldn't relate. My teenage years were nothing but numbers representing years that I'd rather forget. I'm sure I'm not the only person whose life circumstances necessitated that I assume adult responsibilities without ever having enjoyed those highly anticipated teenage years. Not everyone can relate to family life as depicted on "Ozzie and Harriet" and "Father Knows Best." But I loved watching those shows and spent considerable time wondering what such a life would be like.

Enough of my feeling sorry for myself! I know that others had it much worse. Great article and photos, Carrie! Thanks for posting them!

Sheyla V (2)
Friday August 9, 2013, 1:19 am
"Mathematics in Daily Use"... sounds like something that might make more sense to all those who say "when am I ever going to use math in real life?!"

Lovely photos.

. (0)
Saturday August 10, 2013, 9:28 am
I found this to be really interesting. One or a few of these girls had to had a brother or father fighting overseas. It was an interesting look at life going on even though the world was thrown into a world war.
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