A summer idyll, interrupted

We can see from this scene that parents have overreacted to teenage behavior since at least the 1850s.  A girl and a boy lounge in the grass.  A basket of wildflowers lies at the girl's feet.  The boy innocently offers her a small bouquet.  Meanwhile, the girl's father discovers them and charges through the bushes... Continue Reading →

Escape to the rainforest (2 of 3)

This postcard shows a group of Seattle Pacific College students on a hiking trip in the temperate rainforest near Seattle.  The image was reproduced in the June 1914 school yearbook, The Cascade, in a feature titled "Jolly Hikers." The postcard came from the estate of Hazel Alberts Peterson (1898-1989).  For more information about Hazel and... Continue Reading →

Lessons in the grass

This postcard came from the estate of Hazel Alberts Peterson (1898-1989).  As a girl, Hazel Alberts attended Seattle Seminary, a Free Methodist college preparatory school.  College-level classes were introduced in 1910, and in 1915 the school's name was changed to Seattle Pacific College.  For more information about Hazel and her family, please see the page... Continue Reading →

A proper meal, al fresco

This photograph came from Missouri but could have originated elsewhere.  The photographer isn't identified.  Since everyone looks about the same age--except for the couple at the far end of the table--my guess would be that this is a college group on a field trip or celebratory outing.

“Maud’s Family”

This 1909 school portrait came from the same small Maine album that "Two Good Friends" did in the previous post.  Both titles are written in the album. Click on the images below to enlarge them.    

Two childhood memories

I was told that the two postcards above and below came from Gratz, Pennsylvania.  The little girl above also appears in the large group below (scroll down for close-ups). She's seated next to a woman who looks like her mother.  She's smiling in both pictures, and it's nice to imagine that her childhood might have... Continue Reading →

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