Graduation Day, 1910

My dad was just a youngster when his family moved first to Minneapolis, then to Portland, Oregon and it was in Portland that dad received most of his early education.  So I wanted to share with you a favorite picture from my collection.  It’s of a graduation ceremony and my dad is second from the left in this picture and looking very serious indeed and a little rumpled in his suit.  But isn’t he handsome?  He would have been about 12 or 13 years old when the photograph was taken and I have an idea that this may have been a one room school since the students look as though they could be of different ages.

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1910 Graduation Picture Reedville, Oregon


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The students and teacher are all wearing these ribbons clearly showing the year as 1910.  Sadly the rest of the ribbon isn’t readable.

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Teacher

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Diplomas ready to be presented to the students

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Flowers… for the students… or just for staging?

I’ve picked the photograph apart but as yet haven’t concluded specifically where the school was located or any other details.  This is one of those pictures that’s an ongoing mystery, one day it’ll be solved.. of that I’m sure.

Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington,  September, 2009. All rights reserved.

Photograph is the sole property of Susan J. Edminster

Written for the I Smile for the Camera Carnival. September, 2009



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One Response to Graduation Day, 1910

  1. Brett Payne says:

    Thanks for sharing this interesting photograph, Susan. I wondered if the ribbons have been signed by all the class members? Although it’s difficultto make out what any line actually says, each line looks as if it was written in a different hand.

    Regards, Brett

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