Good old boys

This is my 200th post to An Apple a Day and I had big plans for it. I had a big unveil of sorts lined up, but my negotiations with Michael Jackson's people fell through so I'm back to square one. And the funny thing is, I'm not joking.

Instead I'll show you my favorite, most meaningful find in the whole world.

Dartmouth 1942
After spotting these old Dartmouth photos, I've been itching to find some similar ones of the Emerson boys at Dartmouth. The stars aligned on ebay last week and I found a copy of Dartmouth's 1942 yearbook, my grandfather's graduation year. FOR $5!

I know I post a ton of old family photos on the blog, but this one is really special, no one in the family has ever seen it before. I raced through the pages to find grandpa bill and sure enough, there he was. Words fail. I just inexplicably wept.

He was truly the most thoughtful and brilliant man I've ever met. After he died, we found he kept detailed lists of people's interests and accomplishments, along with their birthdays etc... so he'd always be able to reference back to the things they'd mentioned in the past. He'd send me copies of the latest NYT style section, with post-it note comments because he knew I loved that sort of stuff. As humans go, he was evolved.

Dartmouth 1942
Also totally amazing are the photos of all the other boys at Dartmouth in his year. Like the smarmy jocks above.

Dartmouth 1942
Boys of the canoe club, I love you. If you let me borrow your flannel while you paddle me around, I'll wake up early to make you coffee every morning for the rest of your life. Promise.

Dartmouth 1942

Dartmouth 1942
I'm kinda taken with this guy's socks/shoes/pipe combination.

Dartmouth 1942

Dartmouth 1942
A post hockey game party. Is it just me or do some girls have all the luck?

43 comments:

  1. What AWESOME pics!!! Your g-pa was a looker. I love the 2nd to last pic of the man with the backpack looking out into the distance.

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  2. Wow. I don't know how MJ could have measured up. Nice job.

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  3. ...Very handsome fellow your Grandpa... :o)

    ...I agree with 'Andi' up there, I too love the photo of the fellow with the backpack.

    ...Congrat's on the 200th post and on your great find too!

    ...Blessings... :o)

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  4. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! What a fantastical find! Seriously what are the odds!!!!!!!!!!!

    I must agree with everyone else, he was the cat's meow to be sure! My favorite is the the man with the pipe, I must get a bubble pipe for The Mr. and start making him roll his pants more. Such a great look....it reminds me of something The Sartorialist would capture.

    Btw, I know I asked this before but I don't know if you answered or not, is your family related to Ralph Waldo Emerson?

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  5. Delicious photos > Michael Jackson

    as usual, your blog has me swooning

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  6. Who needs Michael Jackson when you have these treasures. There is just something about old pictures that take you to wonderful places - in your imagination and when they are family well .... I am excited for you.

    Congrats on your 200th. You do an interesting job.

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  7. incredible find! love the old pictures.

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  8. How sweet. Michael Jackson isn't good enough for your blog anyways. ;-) I love that you love your family and your family's history so much. Most people have roots that are much too shallow these days.

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  9. What a great find, Amy, and how proudly you speak of your Grandfather...
    Looking at all those handsome young men makes me wonder what became of them....and just how much they were influenced by their years at Dartmouth, were their lives fulfilled, did they marry and have sons who became Dartmouth Old Boys...
    Your posts always set me thinking...
    Congrats on your 200th post !!

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  10. i recently found my grandmother's high school year book in an old stack of books at my dad's- it was incredible.
    i love all of these pictures! the second to last one looks almost dorthea lange-ish.

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  11. Congrats on your 200th post! I almost know how you feel finding that yearbook with his picture... a while ago I was missing my Mom and just googled her name, and up popped her yearbook photo, from 1935!! I cried, with happy tears. I now use that pic on my blog, pretty neat, eh?

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  12. Really fantastic! I couldnt figure out who it was for a few seconds, then i thought back to you talking about your stylish grandfather.

    Im right, arent I?

    What an amazingly sweet thing to do, the listing of peoples interest's.

    -Luke.

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  13. well, you certainly got me intrigued by the MJ mention. but then *swoon* i just loved all these old pictures. my faves were the top one of your Grandpa and the last one of the pretty girl with her fancy dress (love the pocket details) and painted nails. i love old family history. i posted some pictures of my dapper grandfather and beautiful grandmother back in April.

    http://le-petit-oiseau.blogspot.com/2009/04/trip-down-memory-lane.html

    congratulations Amy, you're going from strength to strength!

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  14. MMmmmmmm........Men. Don't cha love 'em? William was a beauty.

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  15. Congratulations Sweetness! Isn't so hard to believe that them boys are younger than us, even if only slightly so?

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  16. Dana- you and i have the same mind! I feel like such a letch, daydreaming about the 18-22 set.

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  17. what a once in a lifetime ebay find! congratulations. and your grandfather sounded like an amazing man.

    looking forward to the next 200 posts!

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  18. positively precious!
    your heart must have been racing so to find these treasures ... thank you SO much for sharing them ~ i have a love for old pictures and can gaze at them for hours, thinking of who they were and how their lives may have been interwoven, how they are dressed ... your descriptions of each are perfect!
    and congrats on your 300th posting ~ wouldn't your grandfather be so proud of you emerson! yay!
    prairiegirl

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  19. I adore this post! I always loved going through my grandfather's yearbooks- I wonder where they are now. I guess I shall ask my father.... And that girl really does have all the luck- look at her dress!

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  20. This is so awesome. You are right. Words can't even explain.

    And for five dollars, priceless.

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  21. Mmmm... Hello, Canoe Club boys! Great pictures, Amy

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  22. Well Miss Amy Emerson Merrick not only do you have 200 posts....you now also have over 1000 followers. I hope they all get as much satisfaction and delight from reading and viewing your blog as I do. Well done girl...keep it going for all our sakes !

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  23. Congratulations on #200 and 1000 as White Dove noted! I really do enjoy your posts and photos!

    Go Dartmouth! Those photos take you to another place in time. Love the girl's outfit in the post hockey game shot and the one w/the backpack! I wonder where he hiked to?

    Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings to you and Grandpa!

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  24. What is even more special than these precious photographs... is that you so obviously loved your grandpa so much that you would even THINK to find his yearbook to purchase. I love that you love your family.
    We can all aspire to this.

    Great idea Grandpa! To make ongoing lists of people's interests and activities to relate back to them about. If nothing else, it would make conversations and shopping for birthday presents easier. Also it would make people feel LISTENED TO and valued... which is the greatest gift of all.

    May we be the kind of people our far-in-the-future grandchildren would respect and want to remember!

    Good message for a 200th post!

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  25. Glee club! That is freaking adorable.

    Now you have to find a 1942 Dartmouth sweater, a la those smarmy jocks, to complete your collection.

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  26. I love old photos too. They make me smile. Great find. Keep posting.

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  27. aren't you lucky to have so many great photographs of your grandfather's college days? Perhaps Dartmouth will want them for their archives.

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  28. I love this post! How wonderful that you found that yearbook. I love old photos as well.

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  29. what a b-a-b-e grandpa bill is! and what a lucky find!

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  30. Great post! And amazing pictures!
    Congrats on your 200th post too!
    x

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  31. i have to agree with the lady above. the guy in the backpack! and, yes indeed, your grandpa is a handsome fellow!

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  32. Oh gosh, you've totally inspired me to get onto that photo project I have for you. It goes so well with this post. Dangit I am slow! Well that and the computer was out of commission for all of last week. :(

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  33. This is one of my all time favourite blog posts. I couldn't agree with you more about the flannel. Really. Seriously. Coffee every morning.

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  34. wow~I can see how a girl might feel a bit amorous after looking at all the pics! Aint nothin' like an ol' fashioned school girl crush.

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  35. Love your black and white photos. It made me just keep going page after page of your blog. Very nice. I am putting you in my reader!

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  36. What a wonder find! I do genealogy too and would be very excited to find a yearbook like you did. I just read through your Emerson family heirlooms posts and enjoyed them all.

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  37. those 1940's girls really were lucky. man-- talk about opportunities! haha that is so neat that he kept tabs on people, so thoughtful.

    -barbara

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