Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mystery Photo: French Assembly, ca. 1947 – 1954?

In 1981 Elizabeth Filkins Gessler, long-time French teacher at the Hastings High School, donated to the Historical Society an album containing dozens of wonderful photographs. The album is dated "1935-1954", and the photographs show the activities of the French Club, a club which “Madame Gessler” sponsored. The most spectacular pictures in the album are the ones of the French Assembly stage shows, like this one. It is not dated, however, nor do we know the names of the participants or what the subject of the sketch was. If you have any ideas, let us know! Click the photograph to see it on Flickr -- select "All Sizes" above the photograph to enlarge it. Does anyone look familiar?

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  1. Carol Russo tells us that the girl on the right end is Cecilia Pasanella. Cecilia was class of '46, which means the photograph was taken even earlier than we had thought, between 1942 and 1946. Thanks, Carol!

  2. And Carol has another thought, too. Could the couple in front be Madame Gessler and math teacher Frank Adams? What do you think?