30 "Then Vs. Now" Photos Of Teenagers In The 1920s And 2020s

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1.Teenagers dressed for a high school dance in the 1920s:

1920s era girls dressed in flapper dresses for a formal dance
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And teenagers dressed for a high school dance today:

Modern teen girls wearing masks and brightly colored modern dresses
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2.High school cheerleaders in the 1920s:

Male cheerleaders circa 1920
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And high school cheerleaders today:

Modern female cheerleaders in skirts
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3.A tackle in a high school football game in the 1920s:

Players in leather helmets tackle a running back circa 1920
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And a tackle in a high school football game today:

Modern football players in heavy 2020 protective gear
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4.A teenager typing on a typewriter in the 1920s:

A teen in 1920 sits before a large typewriter
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And a teenager typing on a laptop today:

A modern teen works on a thin laptop
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5.Teenagers in an art class in London, England in the 1920s:

Girls in rows of desks work diligently
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And teenagers in an art class in Oakland, CA today:

Kids work diligently at one long, communal desk
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6.High school gymnasts practicing in the 1920s:

Gymnasts reach their hands to the sky doing a basic move
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And high school gymnasts practicing today:

A modern gymnast flies upside down through the air
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7.A teenager working in a Massachusetts cotton mill in the 1920s:

a 14-year-old works the large spinning machines
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And a teenager working at a fast food restaurant today:

A teen works the drive-thru window
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8.Teenage surfing sensation Thomas Blake in 1920:

A fit young man stares at the camera
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And teenage surfing sensation Shino Matsuda today:

The then 16-year-old Japanese star wears a body suit and holds a surfboard
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9.Teenagers enjoying music over a radio in the 1920s:

Two sisters in San Francisco's Chinatown listen to a radio together
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And a teenager enjoying music over her phone today:

A modern teen streams video of an artist singing and playing guitar on her phone
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10.Teenagers cooking donuts in the 1920s:

Two girls in plain smocks work side by side on the donuts
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And teenagers cooking shortcake today:

Two girls in brightly colored smocks cook together
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11.Teenage actors performing in the 1917 movie Tom Sawyer:

Two teen boys side by side
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And teenage actors performing in the Netflix series Stranger Things today:

Millie Bobbie Brown stands protectively in front of four other kids
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12.A high school basketball team in the 1920s:

An African American team stands for a team photo
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And a high school basketball team today:

A multi-racial modern team stands on the court together
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13.Teenage ballerinas practicing in the 1920s:

Five girls do the most basic of moves
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And teenage ballerinas practicing today:

Modern teen ballerinas stretch and contort impressively
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14.Friends having fun at the beach in the 1920s:

Three teen girls in knee length swim wear splash in the water
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And friends having fun at the beach today:

Four girls hang at the beach in modern swim wear
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15.And lastly, a high school graduate in the 1920s:

An African American girl graduate in 1920
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And a high school graduate today:

An African American girl graduate today
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