Now that everyone has returned to school and settled in, I'd like to share some of my "back to school" images from many years ago. Some of these images have appeared on my blog before, but I think they deserve an encore. For some reason, I really enjoy group photos from old schools. Maybe it's because both my mother and grandmother were teachers, and my dad was a principal, and I've spent many years working in the school environment as a school psychologist before I retired two years ago.
The first two photos are from dorm rooms at Michigan Agricultural College, which is now known as Michigan State University. If you have college-age children, or have memories of college fresh in your mind, consider how different dorm life was back then without the technology we have today:
And of course, men and women were kept very separate from each other. No co-ed dorms back then. These young men look like they are having a lot of fun, though......
These older students look pretty serious. I doubt teachers of long ago had to deal with behavioral problems as much as teachers do now:
A group of high-schoolers:
I'm just guessing, but I don't think the photographer of this group was very friendly:
If you let a group of little boys do what comes naturally, this is what you get:
There's a cute little teacher within this group of cute kids:
A classroom from the 1950's:
I'm not sure what year this picture was taken, but I'd say this is the oldest image in my group:
The school band at practice:
Kids on the playground, circa 1920's. Notice how not one child is overweight. That's not the case in classrooms today, is it?
Like any school year, it goes by fast. Before you know it, spring will be here along with graduation time. I like this picture of a proud graduating class taken in the spring of 1939 of Public School 54 in Queens New York: