The Class of 1913

Behold, the cosplayers of 100 years ago! These are the officers of the high school T.H.B. Boys club, whatever that is. You can see every page of the first yearbook published by the students of Texarkana High School in Arkansas, celebrating the class of 1913. It includes many of the customs still used in yearbooks in some places: quotes of "wisdom," nicknames, future plans, group pictures of clubs and teams, comics, and local advertising to pay for it.

Once you look through the pictures, a few things stand out. There are twelve seniors, and maybe twice as many juniors. The freshman and sophomore classes are each divided into A and B groups. That tells us that many of those younger students will drop out and get jobs or marry before they graduate. There are only four senior men -how many of them later fought in World War I? How many of these students succumbed to the Spanish Flu epidemic? With six students on each basketball team, who was the benchwarmer? And how did the president of the senior class get the nickname "Martha"?

The yearbook was originally posted by redditor averagedekutree, and you can peruse it in large format at Twisted Sifter. -via Digg

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