My Mom’s High School Photo Album

I photographed each and single page of my Mom’s High School graduation album, but never showed these pictures to anybody, on any of the social networks. The main reason is that I brought it from Russia just a couple of weeks before my back surgery, and less than a month before my Mom came to the US. So I had other, more urgent things to address.

Last Sunday, I brought Mom to have an afternoon coffee with me, and she asked me about the album, and I took it out. She was slowly turning the pages, looking at each face, and reading all the farewell wished from her friends. And I thought – that’s what my next historical post should be about.

Then I missed two of my “historical” days because there was too much of life going on, and I promised myself to write a historical post today.
I am saying “high school,” but actually in the Soviet Union, it was just “school.” Students went through all the ten years of education with the same group, which was called a class. And what we call “class” in the US< was called “a parallel.” Do not ask me why :). Most of the time, each parallel would have two or three classes. And these classes would stay the same unless somebody would move to another place to live, which did not happen often.

My Mom was born in 1935, and at that time, children would start the first grade at eight, which means she started school in 1943, during the war, when she was evacuated to Siberia. She returned to Leningrad when she was in the second grade, and since then, she attended the same school.

Mom graduated in June 1953, and here comes her album.

The school building. Once again, it is 1952, seven years after the war ended, and the building looks how it looks, and nobody cares – this is the first photo of the album
Mom’s class in from of the school. The schools didn’t have names, only numbers, her school is number 245. As you can see, it was girls-only school, the schools were separated into boy’s and girl’s in 1943, and returned to mixed education in 1954. Mom is in the back row, with her face turned to the side.
Mom is in the first row, to the left of the room teacher. You were not supposed to smile for the pictures :). The girls are in the uniforms, dark brown dress, white collar, black apron. Most of them have a Komsomol pin on the left side of the chest (All-Union-Leninist-Communist-Union-of-Youth)
Chemistry lesson
I think it was a “manual labor” lesson, they are making some cardboard models of something :). Mom is sitting in the back
PE lesson. Mom is second form the right
The meeting of the school Komsomol committee. Mom is on the very left

Below are individual pictures of Mom’s teaches and classmates. Most of them wrote at least a couple of words, some wrote a lot. For the sake of future generations, I will try to translate all the notes, which means that I will need more than one post. Well, good thing to be busy in the times like these.

School principal
Mom’s room teacher.

“Big ship deserved big voyage” (Russian saying – H.D.). To dear Nina from Neonila Pavlovna Vovk-Kurishev.

Russian Language teacher.

“When a person has a big dream, he can achieve anything, especially in the land like ours” – Musatov. Dear Nina, I wish you to achieve everything you want and can achieve in your life. Your old teacher V. Kamenetskaya

To be continued. 🙂

My historical posts are being published in random order. Please refer to the page Hettie’s timeline to find where exactly each post belongs, and what was before and after.

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