- It feels old. I feel like this was meant
to sit for 100 years.
- Our yearbooks suck. Why don't I get a poem?
- ♪ (rock intro) ♪
- (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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- "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
- 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.
- (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.
- 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.
- 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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