Yearbooks, late twentieth century

After the terrifyingly tall hair styles of the 1950s and 1960s, I enjoyed the 1970s more than I expected to, although felt less need to capture much of it.  The teachers suddenly look younger (closer to the students) in their mid-thigh skirts and bell bottoms.  Giant orange plaid is nicer looking than I expect.  And the 1990s… Well, they have their own charm. Anyway, I didn’t get a lot of pictures of the late century, but here they are. Continue reading “Yearbooks, late twentieth century”


Yearbooks, 1940s and 1950s

The forties and fifties are not periods that I’ve studied much, so I didn’t find as much to really grab me there, but it’s also the period when the classes started doing special fiftieth reunion books. 1950 was the centennial of the town’s incorporation, however. In 1958, the high school had a major fire, and so the classes affected by it did special more detailed reunion books.

Class of 58 seems to have been particularly enthusiastic about the retrospective in general– I’ve included a photo with a stack of the original book, the very slick reunion book, the reunion book paperback edition, and the paperback supplement with additional historical and nostalgia material. So, even though it’s the fifties, there are photos from earlier decades of town landmarks, scans of material from the early education of class members, school newspaper pages, and more. Continue reading “Yearbooks, 1940s and 1950s”

Yearbooks, 1940s and 1950s

Yearbooks, 1930s

After I read through four copies of 1930, I found out I didn’t need to read multiple copies of the same year once I’d determined there was a complete and intact copy.  Also, I wanted to increase my speed, and fewer pictures caught my eye, and also yearbooks without page numbers left less idle focus for sightseeing when I was trying to determine completeness by alphabetic continuity. Yearbooks with page numbers I could buzz through very quickly if I wasn’t also doing costume research, so the decades I don’t expect to be reenacting went by pretty fast.

So… After the thoroughness of the 1920s, here’s the early 1930s.  Hair gets less interesting to me, but the necklaces get pretty excellent.  (This trend fading is a lot of what made my interest wane.) Continue reading “Yearbooks, 1930s”


Yearbooks, chapter 2: 1920-25

The early 1920s.

I think I mentioned, my focus in these was mostly looking for 1920s hairstyles (for young and stylish people that aren’t theater or folly performers) that might be useful for my medium-length non-curly hair, in a decade when the fashion is for short and super curly or artificially waved. So if these seem not quite like the classic flapper ‘dos you were expecting, that’s why! Continue reading “Yearbooks, chapter 2: 1920-25”


Yearbooks from a small town

For work, I had to read through a whole lot of yearbooks, to make sure the collection was complete and ready for digitizing. I snapped pictures of pages that caught my eye, but I generally did so quickly so as not to slow down the process too much, so the quality varies. At least in the earlier years, much of my focus was on styles for longer hair, as personal costume research, although I also paused for interesting jewelry, especially nice-looking people, and interesting text.

Here are my selections from before 1920– the collection actually started in 1914, but I guess I hadn’t thought of taking pictures yet. (1915 and 1919 are missing.) Continue reading “Yearbooks from a small town”