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Shop Class: 1939

Shop Class: 1939

1939. Anacostia High School, Washington, D.C. "Carpentry shop." 5x7 nitrate negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

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Anacostia Yearbook

I have this copy of the 1939 Anacostia yearbook plus the following year as well. My Dad graduated from Anacostia HS in 1940. He is in 2 photos - one of the yearbook staff and one for drafting. They didn't name the kids in the woodshop photo but the guy in the front with his back to the camera looks like my dad. He lived on Ridge Place. He was also the lifeguard at the Anacostia Pool in the late 30s and wrote several articles for the Post as extra credit for school. I have all these photos and much more.

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the guy in the back to the left. He must have moved - it shows both the top of his head and his face. Great one!!

Anacostia Blog


Love the picture and the quotation. The article is a little dated, though -- check out my blog on the neighborhood here:

And come check out anacostia!

The Anacostia of Tomorrow

"Anacostia, the future haven of beauty, will in the next fifty years be the most popular community in the entire District of Columbia....In the course of time this southeast portion of the city will be 'The Spot.' There will be perfect living conditions here and only time will tell when it will be necessary to spread out farther in all directions to let the mass pour in."

—Charles Hamman, "The Anacostia of Tomorrow," from a 1938 class project for Miss Agnes Tweedie, Anacostia High School

From an interesting Washington City Paper article from 1998...

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