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.

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 14 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.