A Look at the First Day of School in the City, Decade by Decade

Yesterday was the first day of school for kids in public and many private schools all throughout New York City.

Fittingly, The New York Times published an interesting collection of photos showing the first day of school across the decades, starting with the 1940s.

Check out the full article for more.

1940s — September 1943: First-grade pupils at the blackboard
1940s — September 1943: First-grade pupils at the blackboard
1950s - September 1957: The first day elicits varied reactions from first graders.
1950s - September 1957: The first day elicits varied reactions from first graders.
1960s - September 1961: A teacher, Sylvia Rahm, comforts a new student at Public School 145, on 105th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
1960s - September 1961: A teacher, Sylvia Rahm, comforts a new student at Public School 145, on 105th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
1970s - September 1961: A teacher, Sylvia Rahm, comforts a new student at Public School 145, on 105th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
1970s - September 1961: A teacher, Sylvia Rahm, comforts a new student at Public School 145, on 105th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
1980s - September 1980: New lunchboxes and post-vacation greetings occupied children at Public School 207 in Brooklyn.
1980s - September 1980: New lunchboxes and post-vacation greetings occupied children at Public School 207 in Brooklyn.
1990s - September 1990: At Public School 192 in Harlem, some students wore uniforms, which were optional.
1990s - September 1990: At Public School 192 in Harlem, some students wore uniforms, which were optional.
2000s - September 2007: Children waiting for their classes to begin at Public School 53 in the Bronx.
2000s - September 2007: Children waiting for their classes to begin at Public School 53 in the Bronx.
2010s - September 2013: Crossing Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street in Harlem on the first day back.
2010s - September 2013: Crossing Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street in Harlem on the first day back.

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