Do you remember the kids who were in your kindergarten class? Today, most school photos are done by companies that specialize in school portrait photography and the class photo is printed with every child's name. Heck, even elementary schools have yearbooks these days. But in 1948, class photos were not that fancy: just line the kids up against a classroom wall, try to get them to look at the camera and hope they keep their eyes open and their fingers out of their mouths.
Bonnie Ott England submitted this photo of her 1948-49 Morningside kindergarten class for our "Growing Up in Edina" exhibit -- that opens on Oct. 29 -- along with her nap-time blanket. This was a time when children weren't expected to know their colors, numbers and letters before they walked in the door. They went to school just a couple of hours a day, and part of the day's activities included a nap. (Makes you want to go to kindergarten again, doesn't it?)
She and her sister Sherry could come up with many of the names of her classmates. If you can help identify these youngsters, please comment here.
Left to Right:
Top row: (1) ? (2) Kathy McKeon? (3) Dick Hanson (4) ? (5) Mark Rogness (6) Ann Fenger (7) Mark Hanson
2nd row from top: (1) ? (2) ? (3) Nancy Hallberg (4) Vicki Dahlberg (5) ? (6) Carolyn Tews (7) Jacque Simpson (8) Bonnie Ott (9) Jerry Spande
3rd row from top: (1) ? (2) ? (3) ? (4) Cindy Strachauer (5) Bruce Bennett (6) Sarah Hawthorne (7) Rodney Brown
2nd row from bottom: (1) Carole Blandin? (2) ? (3) ? (4) ? (5) ? (6) Bruce MacPhail (7) Pat Kennedy?
Bottom row: (1) Danae Edwards (2) ? (3) Richard Nelson (4) ? (5) Marilyn Holtze? (6) Kirk Nelson (7) ? (8) Jane Parker
We have several class photos in our collection; volunteers are working on putting some on poster board for exhibit visitors to view as part of the exhibit. Thanks to retired teacher Bernice Amacher, we also have several faculty group photos from Cornelia and Cahill Schools. At this point, most have only the school and year identified. We'd like to ID the people in the photos with visitors' help.
Update 7/2/2012: Kirk Nelson identified himself (bottom row, number 6) and some of his classmates. I added the names to the list above. If anyone can help identify the rest of these cute kindergartners, please email me or comment here.
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