The majority of Alfred Watson’s images of children were those of his two daughters and their friends from the neighborhood. His photographs were timeless, revealing both the personalities and activities of children growing up in the fifties as revealed in the images below.
Sitting on an outside stoop, three boys make their plans for the day while examining the middle child’s toy. From their woolen caps to their leather shoes, these children exemplify the freedom of children’s lives in the fifties. Artist’s Franklin PA home, 1946.
The artist’s daughter stares dreamily towards a lighted window while listening to her favorite vinyl on her cherished Victrola. 1949 photograph. ,
As a young girl listens to the latest gossip, a boy stands nearby, his hands behind his back. Not a part of the “Girls’ Club” the boy accepts his outsider status and makes no attempt to get closer. Artist’s Franklin, PA home, 1946.
A young lad in a checkered jumpsuit and jean jacket rubs his eye near the artist’s home, a USA PIN with two rifles on his cap.