This Is What School Pictures Looked Like 75 Years Ago
Getting every student in the class to look at the camera and smile has always been a challenge.
Short is better
Courtesy Wilma Godsey/Reminisce
Wilma Godsey (front row, second from right), then known as Wilma Jean Rickabaugh, wished for a shorter name in first grade. She’s shown with her schoolmates in 1936.
Courtesy Faye Bertram/Reminisce
Faye Bertram (front, left) attended Turtle Butte High School in rural South Dakota in the 1940s. Also, check out these photos of what school was like 100 years ago.
A group of students was photographed in their newly built school in Summerton, South Carolina.
Bands and dancing
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This Wisconsin school had 47 pupils in 1929. Students participated in unique activities like forming a harmonica band and square dancing at the county fair.
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Brenda Boldman and her classmates attended Edwards School in Troy, Ohio, in the 1940s.
Dressed up in overalls
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“We all wore our best clothes for this school picture taken in 1934 at the Bartlett Consolidated School in Bartlett, Iowa,” says Keith Eyler (first row, third from left). “Overalls were the clothing of choice. While they fit all right, school shoes were always two sizes too big so our feet could grow into them.”
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When Phil Feinberg started first grade in 1953 in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, there were too many children in his classroom. He was offered a chance to transfer to Mrs. Albert’s class and he readily agreed because he thought she looked like Snow White.
In 1955, a classroom of integrated students in Washington D.C. gathers for a picture. You won’t find these 18 things in schools anymore. Do you recognize any of them?