These days, social media is often full of first day of school photos. And while this year may be quite different, with students doing a mixture of in-person or at home distance-learning, the celebration of another year’s school beginning milestone is always worth pausing for and photographing. And the custom isn’t recent. Fond memories of my own family ensuring that there was visual documentation out by the road or near the house, near the flowers, frosty mornings, dew in the grass, nerves about first day, what’s the teacher going to be like, how are the kids that I haven’t seen for several months, will there be new kids, watching for the bus, new school supplies — all that.
So here are the sisters Chapman — that’s Matt’s maternal first cousins — Tracy on left and Terri on right — in what is most likely their first day of school in September of ’72. The removed border of the photo contains the date “Jan 73” for development, to clue us in to the right year. This would make Tracy a fresh 9 year old and Terri a fresh 7 year old (August birthdays for both of ’em) — and therefore, if my understanding is correct, 4th grader and 2nd grader respectively.
This was recognizably taken at their family home in Lodi, OH. I infer that they attended Lodi elementary, though I’m not certain about whether their mother would have been working there at this time or not.
I enjoy the pigtail hair, their outfits and carryable-bags which I imagine had some fresh papers, pencils — the girls ready to learn.
This original was quite faded in color and contrast, so I tried to beef those up, however imperfectly. It’s a bit easier to see the details.
- Any memories about elementary school from Tracy/Terri?
- When did Judy start working there?