Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

One of the girls in this class photo is Edna Greegus. Which one I don’t think we shall ever know. I count 36 children with about 18 being girls. The photo does not have a date or location. It has a foreign feel to me because of the kerchiefs some of the girls are wearing. It likely isn’t an end of the year shot because the kids are all wearing coats and hats to keep them warm.

8 thoughts on “Class picture

  1. usermattw says:

    What a fun picture! Your description drew my attention to their headgear, and it’s such an interesting assortment. Kneeling in the front, the girl four from the right seems to be wearing a bonnet, and the boy fifth in (to her immediate right) seems to be wearing a helmet! It makes me wonder if I’m seeing them correctly.


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      The boy top left in the back also has a similar type helmet which makes me next wonder if they were on a football team?


  2. Liz says:

    I like this photo as well. I noticed the same thing, as far as, them all being bundled up in coats, therefore it must be cold. I noticed the boy in the helmet too! lol Looking at the land … it’s very baren with, what appears to be, dead plants. My first thoughts went to a desert area. There are sun shades on the window which I would think they wouldn’t go to the expense unless absolutely necessary. Great Photo!


  3. mousleyka says:

    There aren’t that many “Greeguses” around. It appears to be a Lithuanian name. From what I can see in Ancestry.Com, the largest group of Greeguses (Greegusi?) live in and around Pittsburgh, PA (none of them seem to be “Edna” so maybe this is post 1940?)


  4. For what it’s worth, in my grade school days (1936-1943) lots of boys had leather “helmets” like that. They were flannel lined and were very warm.


  5. Brenda says:

    Head scarves were very popular throughout the 40’s and 50’s. Little girls had bonnets even in the 1950’s in fashionable Cleveland OH. I know, because I wore them when I was little! :)


  6. The family name could also be spelled like GRIGUS or GRYGUS. This is because the English ‘ee’ sounds like ‘i’ and ‘y’ in some European languages.
    Maybe this helps to look up more databases.


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