This photo is off topic for my blog, since none of the women look anywhere near fifty. However, I was so fascinated by the 1920s styles and the setting that I bought it anyway. If you enlarge it, you can barely read the sign on the little house that says “The Hester Love Nest.” Does this document a school play? Perhaps it was an imaginative staging of The Scarlett Letter, featuring the fallen woman Hester Prynne? A love nest of any kind seems an odd choice for a school filled with adolescents.
My guess is that the picture was taken in the mid 1920s. Waist lines have dropped and the styles are simple. Skirts still cover the knees. Most of the young women have cropped their hair and many are aiming for the popular marcel wave. A few with straight hair perhaps decided it wasn’t worth the bother.
The teachers sit in front, although the female staff doesn’t look all that old. My favorite is the woman on the left, with her straight hair, dark suit, and tie. Although she appears out of place among all the dresses and curls, her look was not unusual in the twenties. You could get a similar outfit for $12.98 from Sears.
What do you think is going on here? I would love to hear your stories.