Children and a Mock Execution

This is a shocking photo.

Look at this picture of two children playing with fake guns. Kids emulate what they see and this was taken at the height of World War II in 1943. The cadets in the background are performing drills at Woodrow Wilson High School.

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Kids playing with guns at Woodrow Wilson High School (1943)
Kids playing with guns at Woodrow Wilson High School (1943)

This photo eerily reminds me of the 1968 execution photo from Vietnam. Random side note … the trigger man in that photo (Nguyen Ngoc Loan) fled to Burke, Virginia after the war and lived out the rest of his days there.

Thanks again to Shorpy.

  • Photo Tiger

    Contrary to the saying, photographs do lie. The child on the right is further away than the one on the left; therefore the gun is being aimed past the one with hat and rifle to some point outside of the photo. It’s a “perspective trick” that makes it look like the gun is aimed at the child’s head.

    • bc

      Thank you. You are absolutely correct.

      • chaffer

        Exactly right. Not shocking at all. I had a cap gun similar to that as a kid. I went on to be a mild mannered, peace loving accountant.

  • Popeye D. Saylorman

    God thing no cops were around or the kid may have been shot because the cop may have thought the gun was real.