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- It feels old. I feel like this was meant

to sit for 100 years.

- Our yearbooks suck. Why don't I get a poem?

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- (FBE) So today, you're going to be reacting

to a yearbook. - Oh, a yearbook.

- Like a high school yearbook?

- Just yearbooks? I mean, we still have those.

How young do you think I am?

- (FBE) Well, this yearbook is 100 years old.

- Okay.

- Oh my God, that's so cool!

- I don't even know what school was like

100 years ago.

- Is it gonna be dusty? Do I have to (blows)

- (FBE) So, this is Fine Brothers' great grandmother's yearbook

and it's the real deal from 1917.

- What the-- is this leather?

- Wow, this is really nice. It's not like any

modern day yearbook. It's really old school.

- It feels old. I feel like this was meant

to sit for 100 years.

- "William Penn High School for Girls."

So this is an all girls high school.

Oh, dang. 1917, like that year

in my head doesn't exist.

- 1917. This is really interesting.

- Why is this yearbook horizontal?

Our yearbooks are vertical.

- How did they keep it for this many years?

And it's in such good condition, too.

- This principle picture looks like it belongs on a dollar bill.

- "Margaret Majer. Class pres--"

this is the class president. "My dear classmates,

the time has come when we must all travel our separate roads.

Unfortunately, war makes the road--" Oh, this is during World War I, huh.

- The court. The Onas staff.

- Oh, what is this? Okay, we're in the people now.

This is a really weird layout.

- (FBE) So, being that this is from 100 years ago,

many things have changed. Let's start with the students'

names. Read some out.

- Yeah, they're all Beulah.

- Gertrude. Gertrude looks

like a Gertrude. Old people names, man.

- Hilda, oof. Hilda Gledhill.

- Clelia Tumolillo. Jesus Christ.

- Mildred, I don't-- I wouldn't know a Mildred today

or an Agnes, but I know Frieda

and I know an Irene and a Josephine and an Anna.

- (FBE) Well, in the yearbook, if you look at everyone's pictures,

they'll list a few things next to their photos and names.

We're gonna pick out a few for everyone to react to,

so go to page 38 for Edna Marie Hunt.

- 38.

- Oh, okay, found her.

- "Edna Marie Hunt. 569 North 20th Street."

It says their address on here. That's not safe.

- Yo, why is the addy on the yearbook?

Like, yo, party at my house. Addy on the yearbook.

- You didn't have a cellphone back then, so the only way

to really contact someone was to write them a letter

or go in person.

- Home Economics.

- Oh, did they all have different classes?

- Some people have commercial. Some people have home economics.

So, they were studying specific things.

- "When Eddie Hunt goes to a dance, she is in her glory,"

- "But when it comes to going home, it is a sad, sad story."

- Dang, so she was a party girl, huh.

- Yo, Shakespeare. That's really dope.

- Now, we have senior quotes, but back then they have

little poems.

- She looks like a party girl. She already has the 1920s

swoop hair going on, and it's not even 1920 yet.

She's like, "I was ahead of the game."

- I am so in love with this. I didn't know I needed this

in my life and I'm super into this yearbook.

- (FBE) So, go to page 46.

You'll take a look at Mary Ploucher.

- 46.

- "A movie actress she would be, she acts and acts and acts."

- "Soon on the screen we're going to see her,

packs and packs and packs."

- I know what they mean by "packs." They needed a rhyme.

That's cute, though.

- That's confident. She's like,

"I'ma be on that screen one day and you're gonna know."

- I love the poems. I think we should

really bring this back for senior quotes.

I think that's adorable.

- (FBE) And finally, if you wanna look at

Melba Unterberger on page 56.

- 56. Menter Unterberger?

- (FBE) Melba Unterberger. - Melba Unt--

That's wow. That is definitely not a name

you would hear anywhere close to 2017.

- Penn Players, Modern English Literature Club,

Student's Aid, dang. She was all over the place.

- She was a real intellectual and I respect that.

- Her rhyme better be good 'cause she had a lot

of accomplishments there.

- "Melba's a dramatic star with such a winning way,"

- "That when she goes up on the stage, she'll win renown

some day."

- Yo, Melba! Melba's a G.

I love her rhyming.

- Our yearbooks suck. Why don't I get a poem.

I want a poem, man.

- (FBE) As you thumb through the girls,

you might notice that there appears to be

African American students in this class.

- I did notice that.

- It didn't occur to me until I started to flip more.

I was like, "Wait, this was 100 years ago."

- (FBE) We need to do more research, but from

what we found, some same gender schools

in Philadelphia may have chosen to desegregate, and we're trying

to find out more information about that.

- Oh my God, they were so woke.

- Back in the day, we would just think everybody was

thinking that way, but you never know.

This school, there was that small percentage

that never thought that way.

- We know that the Civil Rights movement was in

the '50s and '60s, that it's just you assume

that everything was segregated prior to them,

but it's kind of cool to hear that there were

more liberal states that were like,

"Okay, yeah, we're gonna be way ahead on this

and just start desegregating schools already."

- Why was this area so much different from other areas?

Was it kinder? Did they get it more?

Were they more interactive with each other?

I don't understand. You see how they

were in the school. It didn't show that

there's anything different from them.

Everything's the same. They didn't have any sort

of petty attitude towards the African Americans.

- (FBE) So, if you go to page 60,

you'll start to see some of the things

they added to the back of the book.

- Oh, class history. Okay.

This is like a whole story and history

behind the school.

- They have savage? That's kind of rude.

- Savage, barbarians, chivalry, modern.

I'm so confused at what all these are.

- Are these all the different classes?

- It's very Medieval, which it's not that old,

but it has that element of if I'm reading a Bible.

- "Class Poem." Man, this school loved to rhyme.

- People were so much better at writing 100 years ago

than they are now.

- All these people in 1917 are such intellectuals

that it's like there won't be a smidge of poetry

in any modern yearbook. We don't care about that.

We want memes as our senior quotes.

- (FBE) Next, you can go to page 73.

- Ah, 73. I found some sports.

Yes, statistics.

- (FBE) So, this page is for statistics,

but as you'll see, they're kind of like how

we use superlatives now. - Oh, oh that's cool.

- Oh, so they would put the name and then

they would answer like, she wants to be,

where she glows, where usually found.

- Where Lillie was usually found was sick.

That sucks.

- May Beck, she wants to be not to be a suffragette.

Oh, she didn't want to feel like she had to be a suffragette.

She immediately wanted women's right to vote.

- She's found in room 206. Oh, destiny, first female president.

- "First female president." That still hasn't happened.

- Oh May Beck. I love that, but that makes me

really sad that she didn't meet her destiny.

- (FBE) So, checking out some of the people

we talked about before, if you go to page 79,

you'll see Edna Hunt.

- Ah, okay, Let's see what Edna was up to.

- So, she wants to be the owner of millinery shop.

- "The owner of a millinery shop." I have no idea what that means.

- (FBE) It makes hats. - Oh.

She wants to be the owner of a hat making shop?

- Where she glows, that baby stare.

Not sure what that means.

- Where usually found, with the other Edna.

(laughs) With Edna Jackson.

This is so cute. They should still do this

in yearbooks. They don't do this.

It's just most likely to succeed.

- (FBE) So now check out Mary Ploucher.

- Mary Ploucher. She wants to be

"To look like Lillian Walker." Maybe she was famous or something.

- So, I suppose that means that there was some famous person

named Lillian Walker.

- Where usually found, at the movies.

Yeah, same.

- Destiny, Ladies maid to a movie queen.

That's so specific.

- So, she wants to be an assistant of an actress.

I don't wanna be famous, I just wanna be a slave

for a famous person.

- (FBE) Finally, we've got Melba Unterberger again

at page 85. - Melba Unterberger,

that's my favorite name of the day.

- She wants to be a college student.

Wait, couldn't-- wait, 1917.

I don't think a lot of women were going to college

after high school.

- Where she glows, in the dark.

She knows what's up.

- Destiny, Sunday school teacher. That's something you wouldn't

wanna do! You love school so much

that you wanna teach on the weekend.

I know teachers now that don't wanna do that.

- Clearly, they had enough room to put it for each student,

which is nice. My school, I know,

would never have enough room unless the yearbook was

a million pages long.

- (FBE) What kind of thoughts does it give you seeing students

around your age but from 100 years ago

with their goals and dreams there to read,

knowing that all of them already lived their life

and no one is still alive in this book?

- It's just weird. It makes me--

it's like me reading them, I'm like, "Wow, did they

achieve their dream?"

- I wanna know what actually ended up happening.

Did Edna actually own a hat store?

- It's cool to see that even in an all girls school

that was a long time ago, where things weren't

as progressive as now, there were still people

who had really aspiring goals and they tried to do a lot,

even back then.

- You look at it and you think these are real lives

that happened and you only know a small fraction of them

and you won't even know any more beyond that.

At the end of the day, you could only really

ever know a fraction of someone else's life,

even if you're really close to them,

but it's still interesting to see that fraction, regardless.

- (FBE) So, yearbooks are still a part of most high school culture.

What do you think about the fact that your yearbook

doesn't just encapsulate what life was like

for you to look back on, but could one day be used

for someone 100 years from now to evaluate what life was like

in 2017? - Makes you feel like

being in a yearbook is not really for me.

It's like showing everybody what school was like during my time.

- There's always gonna be a record of big things going on

from generation to generation, but you kind of get

a look at what a normal, average person's life was like,

and that's the cool part.

- Now that we are in the future, we know what they did.

We know what they went through. But at the time,

they're still questioning what's gonna life be.

You know, the past and the future,

it gets me thinking. The memories that you're living

right now, that are gonna be on the yearbook,

they're gonna be there forever.

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