Seal Beach Elementary School – 10/1924
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Every September, Seal Beach kids return to nine months of homework, pop quizzes, and report cards. Boy, look at all those happy faces. Well, some of these kids seem happy.
This is the class photo for Mrs. Miller’s sixth grade class at Seal Beach Elementary School (to be renamed Mary Zoeter School some point after the Long Beach earthquake). Mrs. Miller seems satisfied with eyeing the camera suspiciously while Principal C. I. Smith scans the entire class to prevent the picture being ruined by some boy making a goofy face or a girl making rabbit ears with her fingers behind the head of her best friend. Kids! Never take your eyes off them for even one second, or pandemonium will ensue.
The real lesson we can all learn from this photo is to label your photos. Not a single name of any of the students were written on the back of this photo, and it seems unlikely at this late date that we’ll ever find out who these students were.
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– Michael Dobkins
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