The year is 1961. The United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba. John F. Kennedy is elected President. The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba fails. The Beatles perform for the very first time at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. The U.S. rockets a chimpanzee named Ham into outerspace. And Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in outerspace. Our yearbook this week, The Penman, reveals the fashions and teenage dispositions in a typical Delaware high school in 1961.
The Delaware Historical Society possesses an outstanding collection of original school yearbooks. Each Friday we highlight a particular class from schools throughout the State of Delaware. We encourage our readers to consider donating their Delaware school yearbooks to the DHS library where it will be preserved and made available to future generations of Delawareans.
Images in this post can be magnified by clicking on the image, clicking again on ‘view full size’ (bottom right in slide show) and clicking a third time on the tiny circle with a plus+ sign at your cursor when using laptop/computer.
About finding yearbooks in the DHS collection: Consult our online catalog ‘Ask Caesar’
and type the name of the high school in the ‘library catalog’ search bar.