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Photos Of A New York Teenage Girl Gang (1955)

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Were you in a teenage girl gang in 1955 New York City? It’s hard to believe the girls hereunder were. They’re clean. They do bad deeds in stagey ways, prowling well-lit areas where a photographer can easily capture their venom and menace. My bet is that these photos were part of some cautionary tale for an outfit like the Girls Sisterhood Republic, a scheme to solve juvenile delinquency on the city’s Lower East Side.

These bad girls can be saved, even the one smoking in bed still wearing full make-up at after 3:30am. Whatever happened to her?

 

circa 1955: A gang of teenagers hang out in the streets of America. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

1955: A gang of teenagers hang out in the streets of America. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

 

circa 1955: Members of a teenage girl gang convincing an unwilling recruit to join the gang. (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)

circa 1955: Members of a teenage girl gang convincing an unwilling recruit to join the gang. (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)

 

circa 1955: Members of a teenage girl gang take time off from terrorising the neighbourhood to spend a romantic evening with their boyfriends. (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)

circa 1955: Members of a teenage girl gang take time off from terrorising the neighbourhood to spend a romantic evening with their boyfriends. (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)

 

circa 1955: Members of a teenage girl gang convincing an unwilling recruit to join the gang. (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)

circa 1955: Members of a teenage girl gang convincing an unwilling recruit to join the gang. (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)

 

circa 1955: A gang of teenagers hang out in the streets of America. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

circa 1955: plotting a caper

 

circa 1955: Two members of a teenage girl gang looking at a cinema poster starring one of their movie heroes. (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)

circa 1955: Two members of a teenage girl gang looking at a cinema poster starring one of their movie heroes. (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)

 

circa 1955: A member of a teenage girl gang lying in bed smoking a cigarette. (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)

circa 1955: A member of a teenage girl gang lying in bed smoking a cigarette. (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)

 

  • checkwolf

    Ha. The “gun” they’re using to terrorize the girl is a water pistol! You can tell by the trigger!