We don't realize it when we're young, but the business of sitting down each and every child aged between 4 and 18 for a mugshot that documents their progress through what we like to call an American "education" is a huge big business. The companies who run this enterprise have an income larger than Oprah's, and all their executives live like oil sultans, because all across the nation, moms and dads will break their necks to shell out hundreds of bucks for 12 x 14s, 9 x 11s, 8 x 10s, and 5 x 7s. They even purchase "wallet" sized photos of little Marmaduke and Mercedes to tote around in wallets that contain little else but those pictures, once the pictures are paid for.
|Front and center, that's Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling waving his middle finger, school photo, 1961.|
|Possibly the first ever school "photos"|
|As in, "Kid Rock" Ritchie|
And then, once the individual embarrassments were taken care of, the entire class would troop in to pose for a picture that will haunt many of them over 50 years later. I hope that the men and women who spend their days taking pictures of schoolkids also spend their nights unwinding majestically. They surely deserve to!
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Hampton Elementary School, 1958 (AD)
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