Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Sometimes, you have to do things you just would rather not do. And when you are a kid, that thing could be sitting quietly working at math, apologizing for teasing the child next to you during lunch hour, or standing still for the class portrait. Take a look at these young faces and just imagine where they might rather be.

Unidentified school children

Unidentified school children circa 1955

I have pulled out a few faces that I think need closer examination for their potential thoughts.

class photo copy

L – Back in bed
R – Practicing his Edward G Robinson impersonation

class photo copy - Version 2

Fishing? Drumming? Plotting?

class photo copy - Version 3

Running a world renowned fashion magazine

class photo copy - Version 4

Playing baseball

class photo copy - Version 5

Flying with eagles

class photo copy - Version 6

Jumping rope? Practicing potions?

What do you think these kids are thinking of? Leave your impressions in the comments.

For more class acts, kids, playing and certainly something gone topsy turvy, click over to Sepia Saturday. You will be happy you did!

Give in to the impulse


PS here’s a gratuitous shot of my little girl going a bit barmy.



15 thoughts on “Anywhere but here…

  1. gluepot says:

    There do seem to be rather a large proportion of distracted children in this class photo. The teacher is doing a very good job of looking calm and serene – where was her mind, i wonder?


  2. Wendy says:

    I love your idea for this post! OK, Girl #6 front row would rather be at the library checking out a book. Girl #3 from the right front row would rather be practicing some cheers so she can become a cheerleader when she gets to high school.


  3. Auntie Kat says:

    The little boy, 6th from the right, first row: If I pretend this isn’t happening maybe it will go away…


  4. The only face I can read is the teacher. She definitely looks satisfied and proud of her class.


  5. anyjazz says:

    A fine post. You are bang on describing what these faces are up to.


  6. Definitely a full variety package of kids! I’d bet our Miss Brooks kept her eye (and hand) on the boy on the back row just next to her. He looks like real trouble. And she knew the boy in the stripe shirt (front row right) was going to need a lot of help if he was ever to get out of third grade.

    The girl with glasses, she always lets Miss Brooks know who did what in class. .And Dennis the safety patrol captain, he got his start on a future political career by being elected student body president.


  7. Sharon says:

    Front Row – Girl 3rd from Right – With Marcia, Jan, Bobby, Peter & Greg

    Front Row – Boy 4th from Right – Away from the girls.

    PS. Your “little girl” is gorgeous.


  8. Bob Scotney says:

    The boy on the right of the first two you selected is trying to get rid of that fly on his forehead.


  9. Karen S. says:

    Adorable closing photo! Those boys sure do appear to be dreaming for fishing or plotting for sure! Great look into their faces!


  10. postcardy says:

    It looks like the photographer or teacher yelled at them to stand up straight but didn’t tell them to look at the camera and smile.


  11. Kathy says:

    Yes – the boy front row 4th from right is desperately trying not to get cooties from the girls he is forced to stand between – or perhaps making sure he is not caught enjoying being forced to stand between two girls.


  12. Little Nell says:

    Not a very cheerful bunch are they; I guess they’d been nagged at threatened for quite a while! I looked in vain for one who actually smiled. Perhaps they’d rather be doing what your daughter was.


  13. TICKLEBEAR says:

    Two of the girls have some weird thing going on with their hair,
    landing on their forehead in the strangest way.
    I can just imagine their mothers thinking they were quite clever
    fixing their daughters UP like that…


  14. Alan BURNETT says:

    I love it. I always do this – imagine what is going through the minds of people in old photograph. Lovely.


  15. The little boy in the front row with his shoulders rolled forward is scared of getting “girl” germs:) Your little doll is a real doll:)


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