“Mother 1948 with Susie Cat at Hooker Oaks Trailer Park,” it reads in a shaky hand on the back of this photo. Although I was unable to find a location with that precise name, there was a Shady Oaks campsite in Chino, California operating in 1948; nearby was a tree called the Hooker Oak.
Given the many of photos I have of older women at camp sites, they must have been a popular vacation destination. Usually (although not always) I find them in dresses or skirts. Not this woman, though. Another photo gives more detail of our happy cat lady’s slim cut pants.
Women’s trousers were getting slimmer legs by the late 1940s, as you can see in Witness2Fashion’s post on slack suits here. However, these look even narrower than popular patterns at the time.
Another unusual style choice are her high top sneakers or basketball shoes, something I have never seen on an older woman in the forties before. If you substituted the button up white blouse for a t-shirt, she would fit right in at a campsite today.