I recently had the pleasure of posting all of my old grade school class pictures on Facebook for my classmates to see. Many said, “You still have those?” The others decided it was because I was a genealogist, which is better than being called a pack rat. I never dreamed I’d find any school photos from my grandparents’ days, but my aunt presented me with this gem – my grandfather’s 8th grade class photo in 1923. It is the Horatio B. Hackett public school in Philadelphia, which is still educating youngsters today.
My grandfather, James Pointkouski, is in the second row from the top, the second boy to the right. Here is a close-up:
In this photo he is about a month shy of 13 years old – the youngest age of any of his photographs. From what his children said, he loved going to school and did very well. He would have loved to continue through high school and college, but like many kids in those days he was not able to finish high school because he had to work to help support his parents.
In June I posted the class photo from his son’s 8th grade graduation in 1948. If I could find a class photo for my brother’s class in 1973 it would make a nice collection of the patrilineal line at the same age.
[Submitted for the 16th edition of Smile for the Camera: School Days.]