July 15, 2010 / Pop Culture

A quick history of yearbooks from NPR

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Here’s a fun link to check out. The Picture Show blog on the NPR website recently ran a post and started a gallery on the history of yearbooks.

NPR traces back the origins of yearbooks to photographer George Warren in the mid-1800s.

The National Museum of American History still has one of Warren’s early yearbooks, from Rutgers University in 1860.

Take a look at NPR’s image gallery, and you can get a glimpse of what yearbook photos looked like back in the day.

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.