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This Small-Town Texas Yearbook From The ’20s Is Absolutely Delightful

In a town of fewer than 2,000 people, Taylor’s class of 1920 seems to have had a pretty good year. posted on

1. Taylor, Texas has one high school, and back in 1920 they called their yearbook “The Cotton Boll.”

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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.

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3. The faculty page used a really scary font, which looks particularly gothic naming PRINCIPAL YOUNGBLOOD.

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Mr. Brister, on the other hand? Would.

4. Each graduating senior got a rhyme written about them by Ms. Ennola Robertson.

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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.

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The poem:
“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.

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“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:

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8. But it actually looks like the juniors might have had more fun.

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9. The freshmen were awkward, then and now and forevermore.

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10. This explanation of what the junior subjects are actually about is very helpful.

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11. All the seniors got caricatures depicting their future lives in 1935.

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“The man who makes the holes for the doughnuts,” ouch.

12. “A Sly Little Widow”

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13. “Miss. Burgett — Matron of the New York Jail”

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14. There were also math poems (!) and a breakdown of busted dreams throughout the years (!!).

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15. I don’t even know what this is.

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16. Predictions were a big thing.

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This section is a whole list of students, their nicknames, occupations, appearance, ambition, and “what each will likely be.”

Samples:

“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.

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Go Pat!

18. And here are some basketball players.

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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.

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20. A summary of class parties probably wouldn’t make it into today’s yearbooks…

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“Bunco was the chief diversion of the evening.”

All in all, it seems like the class of 1920 had a damn good time.

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