Photo Album[Women's College] Photo album of a young woman college student, including 85 Gelatin silver print photos taken from 1919-1922. Includes images of women’s dormitories, schoolmates, and details extracurricular programs such as social dances and boating excursion. Most photos from Washington state. 7 x 10 1/2 in. Original black cloth boards. 23 pages, filled with 85 black and white photos of various sizes ranging from 2.5 x 1.5 in. to 5.5 x 3.5 in. (Three are loose photos.) Inscribed on inside front cover: “From Papa, Merrie Christmas 1921.”
A major facet of this young woman’s life was her education, as she includes more photos and captions that reference this than anything else. The album owner shows great pride in her dormitory room in which she is shown reading in a chair with a Harvard pennant prominently affixed tot he wall behind her. “Taken in my room “77” 1922”. Another image shows the view from window in this room: “Lookout Mt” taken from my window ’77’”. This time was so important for her that she even takes care to remember the room numbers of her roommates and other fellow students, such as: “My old roommate of 1919 Room 44” and “Miss Fiddler, Roommate “Room 28” Summer School 1920”. She even notes that one former classmate (who “roomed in “27” 1921-22) was “A Good Kid”. Also includes one photo of four students in a Home Economics high school class.
Album also includes images of her friends and family, and recent memories from World War I, including one handsome 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 photo of two soldiers in WWI-era uniforms kneeling with their firearms. A smaller photo of a man in military uniform dated 1919 includes this caption: “In days of old ‘do you remember the telephone office’ and those letters? Ha! Ha.” The album’s owner certainly had a sense of humor and often includes nicknames, inside jokes, and playful asides. “I looked like this the Summer of 1920. But those times are over.” Next to a photo of people out boating, she writes: “Out on the lake…Washington” and “Some bunch of “chickens””. And in a series of photos in which she models fancy clothes, she writes: “Do you think I look natural?” She also includes humorous outtakes of her friends such as “W.L. asleep after the dance Ha! Ha!” and notes family members work machinery (very helpful technology at the time) “Malcolm’s little old machine”. Very good condition.