3/18/11

GLADYS KALLMAN at Balboa High School in 1948


Instead of where's Waldo, let's play "Where's Gladys?"



This photo includes Gladys Kallman. I know this because her brother George wrote a note and attached it to the photo. Otherwise I'd have never found her.

I believe this to be Gladys Kallman's senior photo. It measures 36" x 8". How on earth was anyone supposed to display this? As would be expected, it was folded.

1948. The war was over, but in just a few years we'd be sending troops to another war. Korea. What became of the class of 1948. Old enough to be your parents? Your grandparents? Think of the stories these people could tell. These kids would now be around 80 years old.

Now, go ahead and find Gladys. You may need to go back to last weeks Sepia Saturday post to remember what Gladys looked like.

And click on any image to see it larger.













Unlike handing your yearbook around for signatures, these kids handed around this photo. Here are just a few messages written to Gladys on the back of the photo.




And now...here's Gladys. Look at the third row up from the bottom, about 1/3 of the way through.



Another Sepia Saturday post.

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for pointing her out, I am not sure if I would have spotted her - although I feel as if I partly know her now. I see nobody has done the old trick of running from one end of the photo to the other and appearing twice on the same shot.

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  2. Oh, how very fun! I'm glad you helped me find Gladys, though! Don't you just love the style? You certainly can tell what hairstyle was 'in' along with the dark lipstick! And those young men certainly look mischievious! ha. Love seeing their socks in the front row.

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  3. Oh, I guessed the wrong one. I was looking for those crazy telltale curls. Balboa is one big high school.

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  4. Glad you guys played along. It took me awhile to find her the first time, even with George's rather vague directions.

    And Alan, I hadn't thought about that trick. That would have been very funny.

    This photography seemed to make quite a bit of his living taking school shots. One that I will feature in the future.

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  5. I didn't find her so thanks for the help. This is a larger photo than any I've been in. What a good idea to have the messages on the back.

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  6. Wonderful sepia photo you have shown us here! It is great how they all signed the back of the photo.

    Thanks so much for stopping by to visit, and have a wonderful weekend,

    Kathy

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  7. I'm with the rest, Thank you for pointing her out! seeing all the signatures on the back really gives one the idea just how big the photo is. Great post :)

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  8. Amazing photograph. What is more amazing is that these people would be in in their 80's now, though they seem modern. Baby boomers? or pre-baby boomers?

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  9. These would be baby boomer parents. The boomers are all post war.

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  10. OOPS!!
    got the wrong one...
    WAS THE FATHER FAITHFUL?
    there are a couple of girls who could be siblings... also, i expected her to look blonder. that was my cue to finding her...
    oh well!!
    fun game though!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  11. Just like when we signed yearbooks, there is a definite trend in what people wrote. Here it is to wish the best of luck. When I was in school it was "stay sweet". :-)

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  12. I found her easily once I knew what her smile looked like! Spent a lot of time looking at the picture, enjoying the styles, hairdo's. And appears to be integrated - in 1948! Amazing! Great photo!

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  13. Wow what a find group of students and I bet the writings were very interesting for them to share with each other. What fun! Thanks!

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  14. I wonder how they got (almost) everyone to wear those dark jackets (or are they school sweaters)?
    Did you count the autographs? I also wonder if everyone signed the back of the photo.
    Barbara

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  15. What a wonderful photo and what a huge school photo. I have never seen one this big. I am afraid I would never have spotted her on my own ;-)

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  16. I adore these old panoramic group photos. My father-in-law has a lovely one of his WWII ship and crew.

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  17. I have another panoramic shot of the Kallman's with a Swedish singing group. It too his very large.

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  18. I am amazed and impressed that in a photograph this wide all the faces are so clear! I'm also amazed and impressed that you were able to copy it (scan? photograph?) and present it to us! I think it's interesting that they wrote on the back of the photo.

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  19. I can tell you that scanning it and piecing it together was a challenge, but I wanted to be able to see the faces. It is a very very large file.

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  20. I can tell you that scanning it and piecing it together was a challenge, but I wanted to be able to see the faces. It is a very very large file.

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  21. such fresh, young faces... Do you mind me asking what brand scanner you use? I am taking photos of all my old photographs, but I think a scanner would be better. Then I could sharpent them with Photoshop CS5!

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  22. I have two listed in the left column at Amazon.

    I use the Epson Perfection V700 which is probably more than what most people will want, but I use it professionally.

    The Epson Perfection V300 is also very good and it goes for less than $100 at Amazon with free shipping.

    I've always found Epson scanners to be top of the line for a consumer product and their software is very easy to use.

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  23. I didn't find Gladys, but I found my Dad, he was also a grad of Balboa in 1948. It was really cool to see. Thanks.

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