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

School Paper: 1941

School Paper: 1941

Washington, D.C. "Students, Eastern High School, 1941." Notes on the chalkboard mention both the school's newspaper, the Easterner, and its yearbook, "Punch and Judy." National Photo Company Collection safety film negative. View full size.

 

Lapel pins

Hi Dave, is there any way to get a closeup of the lapel pins?

Lookalike

The youngster in the left-front with the striped tie looks like a wee Matt Damon. He has a bit of a rascally look about him.

Punch & Judy

So where's Judy?

War

Little did they know that war was coming. Looking at this makes you wonder how many went and how many didn't come home.

["Little did they know"? They knew. Everyone knew. World War 2 started in 1939. The only uncertainty was when the United States would get involved. - Dave]

Lots to see!

The handwriting on the board is incredibly neat. The tie of the guy front, 2nd from left, is amazing. I wonder what colors are in it? Wild stuff.

Also, this was back in the day when the newspaper and yearbook teams had to know typesetting!

[You'd have to know typesetting if you did the printing yourself. - Dave]

 
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