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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Yosemite High: 1961

Yosemite High: 1961

Spring 1961. My brother was just completing his first year teaching English at a Sacramento, California area high school and accompanied some of his students on a trip to Yosemite, where he snapped this Kodachrome slide. Coincidentally, I was completing my first year as a high schooler, and can therefore testify to the authenticity of the garb. View full size.

Pants Not Allowed

Girls would not have been wearing pants to school. Dresses were still the norm except for days like Sadie Hawkins or Rodeo Days.

Style Confirmation

Yeah, 9th grade, 1961 -- even up here in the Pa. mountains, that is indeed how we dressed. Pleasant memories of an innocent time.

18 was the new 35

A good looking group for sure though they don't look like high schoolers. I know it's been said before but here's proof.

 
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