1. Taylor, Texas has one high school, and back in 1920 they called their yearbook “The Cotton Boll.”
2. The yearbook is packed with sincerity, and the fun that the class of 1920 had together in “the happiest days of [their] lives” shines through.
3. The faculty page used a really scary font, which looks particularly gothic naming PRINCIPAL YOUNGBLOOD.
Mr. Brister, on the other hand? Would.
4. Each graduating senior got a rhyme written about them by Ms. Ennola Robertson.
Her own rhyme reads:
“Now here is the rhymer, whose verses
You’ve been reading with wondering air
Ennola Robertson is the name of the lassie
Who wrote these and others with care.”
5. I like the looks of Beth Beck.
“Beth Beck’s fair face now comes to view
In simple school girl glee;
A cartoonist and a declaimer,
She’s pug [?!] in her dignity.”
6. Ralph Marek was the tallest of the seniors and was mighty dandy as well.
“Ralph Marek is the next we see here,
He’s the tallest of the Senior men;
We’re proud of him as a member
And an athlete who can help win.”
7. Those seniors obviously had a pretty good time:
8. But it actually looks like the juniors might have had more fun.
9. The freshmen were awkward, then and now and forevermore.
10. This explanation of what the junior subjects are actually about is very helpful.
11. All the seniors got caricatures depicting their future lives in 1935.
“The man who makes the holes for the doughnuts,” ouch.
12. “A Sly Little Widow”
13. “Miss. Burgett — Matron of the New York Jail”
14. There were also math poems (!) and a breakdown of busted dreams throughout the years (!!).
15. I don’t even know what this is.
16. Predictions were a big thing.
This section is a whole list of students, their nicknames, occupations, appearance, ambition, and “what each will likely be.”
“Perrie Mae Offield / Pete / Flirting with Joe / Not very tall / To be a dietician / Owner of a candy kitchen”
“Annette Fritz / Fritzy / Laughing all time / Plain / To marry a Texas / Wife of a Californian”
“Carl Mares / Rusty / Entertaining the class / Little but loud / To be cute / He is”
17. Here are some football players.
18. And here are some basketball players.
Those uniforms just don’t seem very practical.
19. “Senior Beauty” was Bessie Bordosky, and “Most Popular Boy” was that ol’ “little but loud” Carl Mares.
20. A summary of class parties probably wouldn’t make it into today’s yearbooks…
“Bunco was the chief diversion of the evening.”
All in all, it seems like the class of 1920 had a damn good time.