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May Day 1951

May Day 1951

When last we saw Charles and Harriet, my parents were shown on their wedding day A few years later, and here I am... celebrating my first Earlham College May Day. A re-creation of the English May Day festivals, students took the parts of village participants, from maidens wending around the May Pole to Morris dancers. (Think Dad was usually a jester.) In the interests of political correctness, the college has ceased this activity -- something that, in the past, had been awaited for every fourth year. Kodachrome print. Update: Just found the original slide, and Mom had notated this as 1950.

Steve Miller
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THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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