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Brown circular tag inscribed: "R. Weiss / 8-12-30 / 8-1629NMC"
During World War II, New York schools accepted responsibility for the safety of their students. Principals and teachers received training in civilian defense and first aid. The Board of Education distributed emergency equipment to teachers. Air raid drills became part of the classroom routine. And the School Defense Council arranged for public, private, and parochial school students to wear emergency identification tags around their necks. By July 1942, 1,600,000 children had received tags, each embossed with their name, date of birth, school district, and a serial number.
This tag was issued to Rosalind Weiss Rothman in 1942, when she attended either P.S. 54 at Amsterdam Avenue and 104th Street or J.H.S. 118, called Joan of Arc High School, between 92nd and 93rd Streets and Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.
Ms. Rothman remembers: “I believe I was in 6th and 7th grade when we were required to wear these every day to school. … I even remember one air raid warning (not a drill) I was at the Museum of Natural History with my class (from Joan of Arc Jr High - on 92nd street and Amsterdam) when the alarms sounded. Our tags were checked so that we were returned to our homes. The whole city was shut down.”
Gift of Rosalind Weiss Rothman
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