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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Our Miss Ramey: 1924

Our Miss Ramey: 1924

1924. "Miss Elizabeth Ramey. Alexandria, Va. Ford owner." Photo taken for the Ford Motor Co. or one of its dealers. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

She looks tired.

and OMG what a nice looking desk!

Teacher

I'm in love with Miss Ramey!

Birth and death

It's always weird when dates line up - although this doesn't exactly line up. She died on March 15, 1974; I was born on March 17, 1974. Sure, lots of people died that close to my date of birth, but I'm not looking at a picture of one of them.

Math Problem

Looking at those multiplication problems behind Miss Ramey, I wonder what grade it was she was teaching. I know a lot of college students who could not do those problems today without a calculator.

O say can you see

It's the "Star-Spangled Banner" written in longhand on the far board. Strikes me for some reason.

Wonderful

Wonderful picture full of memories

Miss Ramey

According to my research, Elizabeth Ramey was born in Virginia on November 15, 1896. In the 1930 census, her occupation is a schoolteacher. She died (still named Ramey) in Alexandria on March 15, 1974. I did not view the entire obituary (it costs $3.95), but the "preview" version headline listed Elizabeth as a George Washington University graduate and a school principal.

 
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