November 29, 2011 / Pop Culture

Yearbooks give writer a look at the interests of past generations

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Take a look at this recent column by Gayle Faulkner Kosalko from The Times newspaper in Whiting, Ind., all about yearbooks and the interesting perspective they can provide on previous generations.

While doing some work at a museum, Faulkner Kosalko was able to go through yearbooks for local schools dating back to the 1940s, 1950s, even as far back as 1913.

Flipping through yearbooks provides a fascinating glimpse of the times, the fads, the interests, society. And of course, as Faulkner Kosalko humorously put it, “Yearbooks make almost anyone from any generation say quietly to themselves, ‘What in the world was I thinking?'”

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 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.