My Mom's First Grade Class Photo  by Memaa

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This is my mother’s, Elizabeth Smart’s, First Grade Class photo! Taken at Fielding School, Maplewood, New Jersey around 1922

Mom is in the second (from the bottom) row – 5th child in from the RIGHT.

My “Aunt Winnie” (who really was not blood relations but my Mom’s life long best friend"), is in the 4th (top) row – 2nd from the LEFT. Ha ha, see Aunt Winnie’s hair bow! It’s almost bigger than her head!

My Mother and Winnie met in Kindergarden and were friends throughout their school years, both worked in New York City in their 20’s and double dated frequently in those years. They were great mischeif makers and did things that kids today surely cannot do. Winnie was an accomplished piano player and could play songs by “ear”. Aunt Winnie’s family was quite weatthy and my Mother enjoyed many things with Winnie that she otherwise would never been able to afford. They remained best friends until Winnie died of cancer when she was 60. My Mom moved into Winnies home and stayed with her for the last 3 months of her life. How many have friends like that?


  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 6 years ago

    This is too cool, great photograph Sue!!

  • I can thank my Mom for saving them for me and I promise to do the same for my Grandchildren. Thanks, Marvin

    – Memaa

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsalmost 6 years ago

    Ah Memaa what wonderful images and backstories you bring us

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • Thanks agin, Kriss

    – Memaa

  • Memaa
    Memaaalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks so much, Kriss. I look at the photos and the stories my parents and realatives told me just some flooding back into my miind. If I don’t write them down they will die with me.

  • Gilberte
    Gilbertealmost 6 years ago

    Hi Sue..this photo is so familiar to me…I must have such photos from myself but boys were not allowed in our class.
    We had to wear uniforms.

  • OH, Gilberte! I would love to see it. I’ll bet it is adorable. Post it for us! Thanks for your support. :))

    – Memaa

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosalmost 6 years ago

    What a fantastic photo Sue…and still so clear!!! Unreal!! *-)

  • I have none of my own class photos. I cannot imagine how this one survived, but I am sure glad to have it. Thanks so much.

    – Memaa

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 6 years ago

    It is so great that you have all this photos since 1922

  • It is really great to have so many family photos. You forget so much, until you look at one of the photos and memories just come flooding back to you Thanks, my dear friend!

    – Memaa

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