Children of the Fifties

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.

Boys’ Club, 1946
Sitting on an outside stoop, three boys make their plans for the day while examining the middle child’s toy. These children exemplify the freedom of children’s lives in the fifties. Taken in front of artist’s Franklin, PA home.
Girl Talk, 1946
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. This photo was taken in front of the artist’s Franklin, PA home.
Music Time, 1949
The artist’s daughter stares dreamily towards a lighted window while listening to her favorite vinyl. Photo taken in Cheektowaga, NY.
Something In His Eye, early 1940s
A young boy in a checkered jumpsuit with a USA Pin on his cap rubs his eye near the artist’s home in Franklin, PA.