The school year started this week in Vermont. When I saw a yellow school bus on the road for the first time in months, it occurred to me that I haven’t posted a school photo on the blog in a while. Class photos can be rather somber, but most of the kids in the photo above seem happy. The photo was taken sometime after 1947. As I explained in a recent post, I don’t normally post photos taken after 1940, but this one is too fun not to share. I found it several years ago at Windham Antique Center in Bellows Falls, Vermont. It was tucked into an album with some other unidentified photos from Denmark, which I didn’t buy. The next time I went into the shop, the album was gone.
On the wall behind the kids is a memorial plaque dedicated to members of the Danish Resistance who were killed during the Second World War. The plaque was dedicated in 1947 at Fuglevangsvejens School in Frederiksberg (one of four independent municipalities which make up the City of Copenhagen). At some point Fuglevangsvejens Skole was renamed Skolen ved Bülowsvej.
According to the book Krigens monumenter 1940-1945 (2021) by Anders Bjørnvad, the plaque reads:
Faldne i Danmarks Frihedskamp / Ejnar Grif / 27.11.1919 – 30.1.1945 / Poul Nielsen / 4.1.1906 – 1.5.1941 / Leif Dines Pedersen / 3.12.1921 – 13.3.1945 / Peter Bogstad Mandel / 9.5.1924 – 25.2.1945 / Elever og lærere satte dette minde / 1947
[Fallen in Denmark’s Fight for Freedom … This memorial dedicated by students and teachers / 1947]
I’d guess that the photo was taken within a few years of the installation of the plaque. I haven’t found any recent pictures of it. It may be visible in this photo of a group of teachers outside the school around 1956. Other historical photos of the school can be seen here and a few more here.
The kids have sweet expressions. If they were born around 1940, they’d be in their early eighties now.