High School Yearbooks of the Rich and Famous

High School Yearbooks of the Rich and Famous

Nellie Lee is, of course, Harper Lee
Harper Lee
The Corolla, 1947-1948, University of Alabama – Two copies, $800-$1,000. The subject of their study may be an important figurehead or a simple tradesman but no matter who they are the yearbooks are collected to trace family lineage or migration. Kurt Vonnegut never lost that fine head of hair
Kurt Vonnegut
Shortridge Annual 1940, Shortridge High School, Indianapolis. If you graduated from high school with someone who went on to become significant, then your high school yearbook could be valuable. Bob Dylan, with greased back hair, surrounded by school mates
Bob Dylan
The Hematite, 1957-1959, Hibbing High School, Hibbing, Minnesota – $6,000. Janis Joplin died in 1970
Janis Joplin
Yellow Jacket, 1960, Thomas Jefferson High School, Port Arthur, Texas – $3,500. Joplin appears in cap and gown looking cheery, with her credits listed as the art club, the Slide Rule Club, both the Future Teachers and the Future Nurses. The first man to walk on the Moon participated in band and the student council. Football player, choir boy and eventually Meatloaf
Meatloaf
The Document 1965, Thomas Jefferson High School, Dallas, Texas – $375. If only they knew what was to come. Most people keep them for sentimental reasons and because they record family history. Aday, is pictured in a photo as a tackle on the football team. The hair is the same. The Boss… at school. The Corolla was Lee’s university yearbook. Includes a famous photo of Clinton shaking hands with John F Kennedy. He also sang in the choir. This book includes former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson. Born to study, the Boss in a suit and a tie. History buffs want to find yearbooks pertaining to a notable historical event such as the first African American to graduate from Harvard. Slaugherhouse Five author Vonnegut was a member of the student council and an editor on the newspaper. The 1947 edition includes a shot of Lee as the editor of the student humor magazine ‘Rammer Jammer’. Both are interested in the past but their collecting habits and reasons for collecting differ greatly. Dolly Parton, now aged 72, in her high school yearbook
Yearbooks featuring famous people are popular with collectors because they offer a glimpse into the celebrity’s past when they were humble students. “He thinks, he acts, ’tis done.”
Neil Armstrong
The Retrospect, 1947, Blume High School in Wapakoneta, Ohio – $6,326. Norma Baker, as she was then, didn’t finish high school. Genealogists on the other hand are interested in the history of a specific person or family. It’s possible to obtain the 1942 issue of the Chieftain from the University High School, West Los Angeles, which features a single small grainy picture of Marilyn Monroe. Mentioned by his real name of Robert ‘Bob’ Zimmerman, Dylan is instantly recognizable from these photos. Sometimes family members wish to replace lost or damaged yearbooks that feature a loved one. Genealogists and history buffs are the next biggest collectors of yearbooks. Meatloaf, using his real name, M.L. Bruce Springsteen
The Log, 1967, Freehold Regional High School, Freehold, New Jersey – $3,000. Printed in small quantities, only a small fraction of student annuals reach the collectors market. Eisenhower and Omar Bradley) by the United States Military Academy for $500, the 1964 issue of The Sevierian featuring singer Dolly Parton for $500, and the 1948 issue of the Fairmount High Black and Gold yearbook featuring actor James Dean ($450). High schooler “Billy” Clinton meets John F Kennedy
Bill Clinton
Old Gold, 1964, Hot Springs High School, Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas – $2,500. Previous sales of vintage yearbooks on AbeBooks include the 1913 Howitzer (Annual of the Corps of Cadets featuring Dwight D. Clinton also played saxophone in the All-State band, and appeared in various clubs and societies.