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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

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.

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.

 
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