1956 Union College Yearbook Photos

September 11, 2011

A few weeks ago my lovely blog pal Hannah sent me a fantastic surprise in the mail—a 1962 North Hollywood High School yearbook and a 1956 Union College yearbook. I was touched and delighted and want to say a big ol’ thank you again to Hannah. She makes really amazing folklore-inspired clothing and accessories—go check out her goodies if you haven’t already!

First up for sharing highlights is the Union College yearbook. Enjoy!

Silver Spoons

“Charles Sims, Bill Harris, and Jane Camp look over Miss Hall’s collection of silver spoons.”

How fantastic is Jane Camp’s outfit? I love the belt and popped collar action she’s got going on!

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Studying Hard

“Melvin and his bible.”

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Dormitory Ladies’ Club

Dormitory Ladies' Club

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School Dance

1956 Union College Yearbook Photo“Receiving the corsage.”
Love those outfits and hairdos!

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Vintage Magician Halloween“Sam James entertains with magic feats.”

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Hanging Out

Vintage Diner College Students

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Nursing Students

Vintage Nursing StudentsBack when uniforms were way more stylish!

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Senior Students

The best part about this yearbook is that each senior student has a very posed and stylized photo of themselves in the senior class section. Ranging from hilarious, unnerving, and awesome, these photos are really fabulous. Here are my favorites.

Senior with Snakes and RodentsDarlene Ruth Kirchner from Iowa
Major: Education, Biology
Minor: Mathematics

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Vintage NurseSylvia Spaulding McCormack from Colorado
Major: Nursing

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Vintage Lady Looking at RecordsBetty Northcutt from Texas
Major: Nursing

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Vintage Girl with RollerskatesMarian Syfert Page from Nebraska
Marjor: Nursing

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Vintage ScientistRonald Milo Nelson from Kansas
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Biology

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Vintage Student with SkeletonClifton Dale Reeves from Oklahoma
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry

Vintage Yearbook Photos: Florida & Alabama Womens Colleges

June 6, 2011

Ok, so here is the last Florida State College For Women yearbook I have. This one is the 1932 edition. It has a bold Greek theme throughout with a red, black and white color palette.  Unfortunately, there aren’t very many awesome photos to be found in this book. The photos are generally a lot smaller than the ones in the ’30 & ’31 yearbooks, and there aren’t any nice linen papers in it either. Overall, the design seems a bit cheaper than the two yearbooks before it. Perhaps a budget cut is to blame? The Great Depression was raging on at the time, after all.

Anyway, onto a few cool tidbits.


Vintage Student BodySome of the lovely students. I’m digging the way fashion is heading at this point! There is still some flapper finger wave action going on, but the ladies are starting to experiment more with their short hairdos.

School Ballot

I have to admit, despite the overall cheaper look of this book, I love the design of the school ballot section, and how they included a casual and formal photo for each girl. Miss Clementine Newman won for Intellectuality. I love her floral dress.

Miss Nancy Lang won for beauty. You may remember that she won the sophistication title the year prior.

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The other yearbook I scored a little while ago is from the Women’s College of Alabama. It’s the 1930 edition, and with a title of Bells and Pomegranates, how could I pass it up?


Vintage Yearbook BeautyJust like the 1929 University of Florida yearbook, this one had a section devoted to beauty. Miss Emily Young is quite stunning.

Vintage Yearbook BeautyFrancis Davis is quite lovely too. I also really love the backdrops used in these photos.

Vintage Year Book Filmstrip MotifAll the beautiful ladies. I totally dig this art deco film-strip motif.

School Play

Vintage School PlayDrama nerds from 1930!

1929 University of Florida Yearbook

April 1, 2011

Here it is—the pirate-themed University of Florida yearbook from 1929. It’s pretty spectacular. Let’s start with the cover.


1929 Pirate Vintage Yearbook Cover
Under-the-Sea: I love the sunken treasure chest, the seahorses, and all the embossing. Very exquisite!



Vintage Pirate Yearbook Endsheets
Illustrated endsheets depicting pirates burying—or perhaps digging up—treasure on the beach appear in the front & back of the book (click for larger image).


Title Pages

Each section has its own illustrated title page, with pirates-a-plenty. Here are the title pages for each of the classes. Check out all those details in the borders!

Seniors Pirate Title Page

Juniors Title Page Pirates

Sophomores Pirate Title Page

Freshmen Pirates Title page



A sampling of seniors. I love all the pirate-y details woven between the photos. I was a little disappointed the University of Florida was an all-dude school back then. Heh… check out that guy in the middle with the moustache! (click for larger photo)


Swim Team

The Varsity Swim Team in old-timey swimsuits. (click for larger photo)


Love this photo frame!



Even though this was an all-guy school, there is a section dedicated to beauty, and includes eight stunning full-page photos of young women. I’m not sure who these women are—girlfriends of some of the seniors, perhaps? That was Chas’ guess. Here are the best ones of the bunch:

Vintage Beauty

Vintage Beauty

Vintage Beauty

Vintage Beauty

Like I said, very lovely indeed!

Vintage Summertime Photos

March 27, 2011

As the dark grey skies sprinkle rain down on Portland today, I can’t help but look forward to the sunshine and warm weather the summertime brings. Summer may still be months away, but for now, let’s get excited by these vintage summery photos I bought years ago at the same estate sale I found this yearbook at.

Retro Beach Campfire

VIntage Beach Girls

Retro Dude Beach Bum

Retro Guy With Glasses

Retro Man with Glasses

Vintage Hottie with Coca Cola

Vintage Racecar

1928 Tamaqua High School Yearbook

February 12, 2011

Here is the last installment of vintage photos from the trio of high school yearbooks I acquired over Xmas break. This last one is a Tamaqua High School Yearbook from 1928. Titled the Sphinx, I was happy to see that the layout & design of this books takes advantage of Egyptian Art Deco motifs, which were popular at the time.

The School Newspaper Staff

Vintage Yearbook Newspaper Staff
Look at all those low-waisted flapper fashions and short bobbed haircuts! I’m digging the dapper suits & sweaters. I even spy a bow tie in the back row. A very lovely, fashionable group of young journalists, I must say.

Seinors–Babyface & Deb

Deb & Babyface
Here is a page from the senior class section. The layout features two students per page, with a portrait, snapshot, and sentimental paragraph for each person. This page features Eleanor aka “Baby Face” and Deb.

Deb is a smart tomboy, who was a member of the Biology Club, Newspaper, and held the Assistant Editor position of the Yearbook Club. This was written next to her photo, “To know her is to love her. This quotation is appropriately and correctly applied to Deb. Had we Deb’s literary ability no doubt we could do her rare personality justice. She is truly everybody’s friend. Always first to point out one’s good characteristics, she is very optimistic on discerning their faults and weaknesses.”

Babyface & Deb

I love the above casual snapshot of Deb. She looks happy and relaxed, and I like her snazzy striped tie.

Deb is also pictured in the Newspaper Staff photo at the top of this post—she’s front row center.

Track Team

Vintage High School Track Team

The track team with their awesome uniforms. I’m digging the faux-sash action on their shirts.


Vintage High School Band Photo

I love this photo of the school orchestra!

Dice Team

Vintage Dice Team Joke

One of the things I found really endearing about this yearbook was that there was a lot of humor peppered throughout the whole thing. Take this fake Dice Team page, for example. Other faux teams featured: Shaking Team, Tiddlewinx Team, Solo Polo (complete with a photo of a teenage boy student on an old child’s rocking horse).

Faux Advertisements

1928 Yearbook Faux Ads

And there was even a page of student-made parody advertisements!

1934 Radford High School Yearbook

January 25, 2011

Awhile back I shared some photos from my 1938 Northeast High School yearbook, with the promise of sharing more photos from other recent vintage yearbook acquisitions.

Today I’m here to share the highlights from my 1934 Radford High School yearbook from Radford, Virginia.


1934 Senior Class Radford High

Here’s a sample page from the section of Seniors. I love the diamond-shaped frames. I chose to share this page in particular, because I’m enchanted by the young lady in the middle:

Beautiful Senior Frances 1934 Radford High

Her name is Frances, and she is so beautiful. She was one of the few people in this yearbook who were photographed in profile. I love that stylish single ringlet of hair near her temple. I also love that she was the only person in this entire yearbook that signed her name in red pencil. So sassy!

Apparently, she was was a member of the Literary Club, Debating Club, Glee Club, and Boosters Club. She was on the girls “Basket-ball” team, and held the position of Class Secretary her senior year.

And her quote bestowed upon her by the yearbook staff? “The tongue no man can tame.”

Frances is so lovely!

Radford High School News

1934 Radford High Newspaper Crew{Click to see a Bigger Image}

I love this photo of the school newspaper crew. They’re a rather dapper bunch, aren’t they? I wish I owned all those dresses being modeled in the front row!

The owner of this yearbook, Gladys*, is somewhere in this photo. I’ve tried really hard to figure out who Gladys is in all the photos she’s listed in, but I’ve had no luck. All I know about her is that she is a Junior. All the lower classmen did not get individual photos like the Seniors. They were all rounded up for one group shot that would appear in the yearbook (see below), and then their names were listed in alphabetical order, not by how they were arranged in the photo.

Sophomore Class + Signature Examples

1934 Sophomores Radford High School{Click to see a Bigger Image}

Here is the Sophomore class. I’m sharing this one for all its signatures**. This yearbook is filled with signatures.

When I looked through this yearbook for the first time, I kept thinking about how all these cursive names looked like the penmanship of all the elderly people I’ve met in my lifetime. It’s strange how I have associated that distinct penmanship with old people, and here was a book filled with it—and all of it was made by teenagers!

So all old people were once young, and all young people will grow old, and all that jazz—sure. But what it really made me think about was how penmanship and letter forms have changed over time. We all know how typefaces have changed over time, but I never stopped to think about how human-made letterforms have changed over the past hundred years or so.

I’m sure typefaces and human-made letterforms have influenced each other throughout time, and I’d love to learn more about this. I’d love to know the specifics of how and when and why. I find that kind of stuff fascinating.

* I know this because of the following inscription on the front page of this yearbook: “Gladys Mae McNeil, East Radford, Va., May 29, 1934”
** Ok, I admit it—for the lovely fashions, too!

Vintage Rabbits

January 8, 2011

Vintage Bunny Costume

Vintage Bunny Costumes

Lovely and creepy, no?

I just rediscovered these awesome vintage images I had in my digital image bank and had to share. They are photos that were up for auction on eBay sometime last year.

Back to School Week: Vintage Yearbook Photos

August 20, 2010

About six years ago, I went to an estate sale and bought an old photo album full of snapshots from what looked like the late 1960s and a Cleveland High School* yearbook from 1956.

Both are pretty awesome, but today I’m going to share some of the best photos from the vintage yearbook, and a college-related piece of ephemera that was tucked inside the photo album.

P.S. You can click on any of these images to see a bigger photo with more detail.

1956 Cleveland High School Year Book A very cute photo of the Spring Student Council. I love the dresses and glasses in this shot.

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Principal Malo Portland, ORA snazzy-looking principal—Mr. Malo!

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Vintage Cleveland High School YearbookIntro to the Senior Class section.

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Senior Class Vintage Photo 1956Close-up of the photo from the page above. Again, love the dresses and the eyewear!

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Cleveland High 1956 Senior Class PortlandFirst page of senior portraits.

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This is Nancy. I love her style! She is so beautiful—reminds me a bit of Louise Brooks.

This is what it says about her on the page: “Always ready for fun. Student Body Treasurer; Pi Upsilon Vice-President; Sorosis Joint Vice-President; Deltoria Representative-at-Large; Red Cross Secretary; A Capella; Freshman Chorus; Girls’ Glee; Room Representative; E.E.; Legend; Style Show; Operetta; Bank Teller; Swimming; Tennis; Rhododendron Show; Freshie Frolic; Junior Prom; Oregon State.

I wonder what she’s up to now? She must be about 71 or 72.

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Vintage Yearbook Lost & Found Apparently back in the day, there was a group of students who ran the Lost & Found. Nowadays the schools just dump all the lost shit in a big pile somewhere for anyone to sift through.

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Write OnThis is the page I found in the photo album. It’s a flyer for a publication called the Rainbow Review. They were looking for students’ articles, poetry, photographs and art for the cultural section, fraternity affairs, national affairs, and campus affairs. I really love the photo in this flyer (see bigger version below).

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Write On Rainbow Review 1971 Hell yeah! This is so Revenge of the Nerds meets Rushmore.

* Where I saw Menomena & the Thermals play few years ago.