My latest job in the archives is to go through photos that were once used in yearbooks (you can tell because they have a special stamp on them) and try to figure out who is in the pictures. Some are more challenging than others. Some of the pictures have captions in the yearbook that give you clues as to who you’re staring at.
The 1979 yearbook as a page dedicated to Halloween on which the captions are a bit silly, going along with the costume: Count Leonard was a guy dressed up with a cloak and fangs. Sister Samantha was wearing a nice pillowcase on her head (imagine that!…) A few of these gave me clues as to who was actually in the picture and I referenced their headshots later in the book, as well as cross-referenced their year of graduation in the alumni directory.
My favorite, though–the one that made me laugh out loud–was a picture of a guy dressed up as a conehead. I turned it over to discover that someone had already copied the text from the yearbook to the back of the photo. “Beldar Jones,” it read.
Part of me wanted to leave it.