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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Lutheran Confirmation Class: 1924

Lutheran Confirmation Class: 1924

My grandmother, Lydia Heinbigner Rimpler, was 15 when this was taken, in her hometown of Walla Walla, Washington. She is the only one in the picture who is really smiling. Her dress, which she kept all her life, was a lovely lavender color.

The look on the face of the only girl in curls makes me think that a dialog between her and her mother went something like this: "But Mother, why can't I have my hair bobbed? All the other girls do!" "If all the other girls jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?" "But I look like a freak! It's so unfair!" View full size.

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Self-inflicted haircuts?

A couple of the girls look like they cut their own hair, with a large pair of sewing shears!

Come next Sunday

The Reverend knows she is smiling and will address that type of unseemly levity in his next sermon.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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