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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.

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

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

Mr. Brister, on the other hand? Would.
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Mr. Brister, on the other hand? Would.

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

Her own rhyme reads: "Now here is the rhymer, whose versesYou've been reading with wondering airEnnola Robertson is the name of the lassieWho wrote these and others with care."
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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."

I like the looks of Beth Beck.

The poem: "Beth Beck's fair face now comes to viewIn simple school girl glee;A cartoonist and a declaimer,She's pug [?!] in her dignity."
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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."

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 memberAnd an athlete who can help win."
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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."

Those seniors obviously had a pretty good time:

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

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The freshmen were awkward, then and now and forevermore.

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

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

"The man who makes the holes for the doughnuts," ouch.
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"The man who makes the holes for the doughnuts," ouch.

"A Sly Little Widow"

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"Miss. Burgett — Matron of the New York Jail"

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

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I don't even know what this is.

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Predictions were a big thing.

Taylor High School
Taylor High School

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"

Here are some football players.

Go Pat!
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Go Pat!

And here are some basketball players.

Those uniforms just don't seem very practical.
Taylor High School / Via Summer Anne Burton

Those uniforms just don't seem very practical.

"Senior Beauty" was Bessie Bordosky, and "Most Popular Boy" was that ol' "little but loud" Carl Mares.

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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.
Taylor High School / Via Summer Anne Burton

"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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