Saturday, July 11, 2015

Those group photos of yore

"Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 287 shows a group of students - but there is hardly a trace of a smile between them."



 Finally I've got some old pictures on the right topic for Sepia Saturday. (I do admit to having posted some of them before.)

But the similarity does exist, especially in the uniforms (those girls above didn't pull those awful clothes on everyday for their fashion sense.)

 From yearbooks of  Central High School in Fort Worth, Texas in the early 1930s.  Both my father, George Rogers, and his older brother Chauncey, were in Company A of the ROTC at Central High.

probably 1930, Central High School, Fort Worth, Texas

This photo may have felt really imposing for someone, but it doesn't show the faces of about a third of the cadets in Company A.  Proper military formation however, and someone has cut and pasted the two adjacent pages from the yearbook together for this panoramic shot.  I believe my uncle Chauncey Rogers is second from right on front row.  Can't recognize my dad anywhere.

1931, Central High School, Fort Worth, Texas
  Chauncey was the First Lieutenant, then Captain, and my dad moved from Private to Corporal in these two pictures.  In the above photo, Chauncey is in front row next to the woman.  I'd like to think my dad is the one holding the flag in the back, but I really don't know. In the past I thought he was right behind Chauncey.

But in reality, these pictures were taken when my father was between 15 and 17 years old.  His brother was 2 years older than he was.  And don't forget, many times young people didn't finish high school at exactly the same age.  It wasn't until my parents were both dead that I found their San Antonio high school graduation programs and that my father graduated a year after my mom.  He was 3 years older than she was. When I asked the surviving Rogers brother, he said he was so much younger than they were that he knew nothing about why that happened.

I did share many other high school photos of my mom and dad from yearbooks on my post HERE.

Have a great week, and go enjoy what other Sepia Saturday folks are posting at the bottom of this site where their names are, and maybe you'll feel like joining in one of these days!

Today's Quote:


Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.
Ann Patchett
 

13 comments:

  1. I guess the outstanding question about both photos is: Who was the woman in the photos? The instructor?

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    1. Gail, I only know her title, as Sponsor. I have no idea what she actually did.

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  2. Don't you think the girls wore those outfits because they were fashionable at the time? At least for high school girls who were graduating.

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    1. Well, I've always hated the idea of looking just like everyone else.

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  3. That military photo is ridiculous for the way you can't see so many of the faces, now that you point it out, and your uncle's name Chauncey immediately made me think of Chauncey Gardiner, played by Perer Sellars in the movie "Being There".

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    1. That was a sterling performance wasn't it!

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  4. I really like your quote for the day. You do have two photos that perfectly work with the theme.

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    1. Thanks...it's about time I got on board the theme! I was afraid they'd kick me out!

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    1. I would have loved to have heard how they got involved too!

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  6. Barb, we never kick anyone out! Alan and I are the nicest admins anyone could wish for - and I’ll delete anyone who says different :) These are wonderful old photos, bang on theme and truly in the spirit of Sepia Saturday.

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    1. Whew, that's a relief...and now that I'm talking to an admin, could you please change your list from my old blog to this one; I no longer post at http://boardwalkbarb.blogspot.com/ (When I was 69). Thanks.

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  7. Isn't it a shame that we only think of asking these questions when it's too late.

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