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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

By Chp

-Contributed by Lizette Royer Barton.

While working in the Muzafer and Carolyn Sherif papers I came across the most amazing folder. In 1936 5th graders in Wilmette, IL were asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Here are some of my favorite responses. (Click to enlarge images and then use your back button to return to the blog).


All right Ann! Aviation was pretty forward thinking for a young girl in 1936. She lost me a bit with the doll dismemberment though.


Honest work for honest pay. Plus he could snoop inside people’s homes and eat in his wagon. Oh boy!


Yikes Ed. Yikes.

Eleanor_I dont know

Right on Eleanor. A career is a lot to think about when you’re ten years old.


I hope Flo made it to Sacramento!

Helen_dancing star

And I hope Helen made it to Broadway! Or at the very least got to boss some kids around.

Jack_Alaskan Expolorer

Maybe Jack met the perfect partner up in the Yukon.


I wonder if Judson ever got his race horse?


Happy trails Roberta!


Dear Earth Ruler – You. Are. Amazing. And I hope you were able to thread needles while sitting atop a flag pole!

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