We’re delighted to bring you the PHOIS yearbook from Poughkeepsie High School for 1934! This New York State high school was very dependable in titling their yearbooks: “Phois” it was — and this was volume 26 of the series!
We were interested in two particular items about this yearbook — and we’ve seen a whole lot of yearbooks over the years (our “Yearbooks” page on our main website will give testimony to that!) — first of all, the editors produced nice pen and ink drawings of what Poughkeepsie might have looked like in the past, and also what they felt it might look like in the future. Can we simply say that their estimate of what Poughkeepsie might look like in the future was a tad optimistic?
The other was resolution of a question that had been on our minds for a long time: during the Great Depression, did ordinary people realize that they were involved in something other than a minor business cycle fluctuation? This yearbook answered that question for us. In an ad for a secretarial school in the PHOIS yearbook from Poughkeepsie High School for 1934 appeared a line noting that this school was successful in placing graduates in good jobs “even in this depression.” So the answer to our question is “yes”.
We also wanted to note that this was the first project our new intern, Gabby Gladding, was involved in. She did a very capable job on the scanner, and, proving both that she’s a talented intern but also that she brings something else to the game, she identified and solved a problem we had been having with a strong outside light source affecting the scan quality.
If you’d like to consider buying the download of the PHOIS yearbook from Poughkeepsie High School for 1934, please CLICK HERE to go to the Dutchess County, NY page of our website.