Longview And Dallas, Texas: 1936-1944. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #1055
8vo 8" - 9" tall; [Women][Texas Education] 14 ¾” x 11”. String-tied full limp rawhide. Approximately 150 leaves with 75 black and white photographs and over 60 items of ephemera adhesive mounted rectos only with the final 45 leaves blank; approximately 10 photos and 15 items of ephemera laid in as well. Photos generally measure from 2” x 1½” to 2 ½” x 4”, most are captioned and some are trimmed. Album good: backstrip has chunks of loss and is detached at the front joint but holding. Ephemera generally very good or better; photos generally near fine or better with some faded. A collection documenting the teen years of a young woman from Longview who likely suffered from depression. Sara Yarbrough attended Longview High School where she graduated in 1941. She then went to Hockaday Junior College. The college was on the same campus as the prestigious girls school and was opened in 1931 as a response to the difficulty that women faced getting higher education during the Depression. The book begins with a de facto yearbook of what appears to be Sarah's grade school friends, with numerous small portraits above their names. She apparently was an aspiring performer, as the next section is filled with ephemera related to various plays and recitals in which she took part. She was featured in the Longview newspaper's society pages when she was chosen to represent Longview at the Lufkin Forest Festival. The final section is devoted to her time at Hockaday with numerous items of ephemera such as news clippings and show programs as well as photos captioned with names and hometowns of fellow students and numerous captioned shots of the campus. The war is ever present in these materials, with 100% of the proceeds of one performance going to care packages for men overseas and more than one letter from women welcoming Yarbrough mentioning things such as “with all the navy boys, the campus looks more normal. Last spring, men were practically a luxury. ”There's 1943 letter from a doctor at the Buie Clinic (a sanitarium in Marlin, Texas) where he diagnosed her with “emotional instability” and states that her skin condition is caused by her mental health issues. One highlight is a pin from her first high school dance in 1939, with 1942 photos of her date in a Navy uniform. Other artifacts include a sorority bid card, numerous greeting cards, her 1943 Hockaday patch, and a TLS from Ela Hockaday. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Texas Booksellers Association and the Independent Online Booksellers Association and adhere to their rules of ethics.