Winners of the Back to School Photo Contest

On August 30, we challenged you to dig up old fashioned pictures, enhance them with the MyHeritage picture instruments, and share them on-line. We obtained entries of all types from all around the world and we completely liked them. Many due to every one of many members for sharing your pictures with us!

We’ll announce the winners beneath, however first, some honorable mentions:

Runners up

The picture beneath involves us from John Peterson of Nebraska, U.S.:

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This picture was taken in 1912 in Geneva, Nebraska, and options John’s grandfather “getting used as an armrest” within the center row, fourth from the left. Too cute!

The picture beneath involves us from Beverly Leeming from Canada:

Beverly writes: “It is a picture with my mom on the far left within the again row in her fourth yr from The Argosy, the yearbook of Central Excessive College of Commerce in Hamilton, Ontario in 1938. Within the midst of the Melancholy, she was the primary in her household to go to highschool. She took the secretarial course because the quickest strategy to qualify for a very good job and assist the household funds. In Could 1938 she was one of many prime two college students within the class despatched for a job interview.”

Beverly included a citation from her mom concerning the expertise: Throughout the interview, the supervisor requested if I believed I might run the machine. I mentioned I used to be certain I might if I used to be given the chance of studying how. I used to be the fortunate one who acquired the job within the workplace of the Hamilton Cotton Co. I began on Could 8, 1938, at $12.00 every week, which wasn’t too dangerous for these days. My job was each full-time and everlasting — not simple to return by in these despair days.”

So spectacular!

 “I used the enhancer because the picture was very grainy and missing element,” Beverly writes. “Not needing a lot restore, I nonetheless used the device to wash up the instructor’s costume and a few different spots. Zooming in, on the improved model you possibly can see what a distinction was made in smoothing out the graininess whereas sharpening particulars and bettering the publicity. I’m more than happy with the distinction!”

Vernon Cameron from the U.S. despatched us the next picture, taken of his class in 1956:


“I’m the one sitting subsequent to the wall with my hand beside my face,” writes Vernon. “I used to be very shy and didn’t like getting my image taken.”

Effectively, we’re glad Vernon overcame his shyness to share this stunning picture with us!

Maria Adriaensen of Belgium despatched us this shot of her father, taken when he was in major college:


Her father was born in 1928 and was 10 years outdated on this picture, which implies it was taken round 1938. His very critical expression on this picture nearly fooled us — it seems he had fairly a mischievous streak. Mary says: “Every now and then he needed to keep in detention for naughty pranks…”

This subsequent picture involves us from Elizabeth Fisher, a.ok.a. Eliza Jeffery from Australia:


The picture reveals Elizabeth along with her sister on their first day of faculty in 1959: “In 1959 I began preschool at Iona Presentation Faculty in Mosman Park, Western Australia. In that very same yr my older sister Franceine commenced her final yr of faculty, Junior Yr, later known as Yr 10,” writes Elizabeth. “We wore the identical uniform and 13 years later in 1971 I used to be nonetheless sporting it after I graduated Excessive College and Matriculated to College.”

Right here’s a photograph of Elizabeth graduating highschool in the identical uniform:

Appears to be like just like the household took superb care of that uniform!

And the final of the runners up is Jamie Johnson from the U.S., who despatched us two stunning pictures:


This one, taken in 1920 or 1921, options his grandmother Hazel Eckard along with her class in Stony Run College in Pendleton County, West Virginia. Hazel is the woman in the dead of night costume in the course of the entrance row.

Under is one other picture of his grandmother, taken a couple of years later in 1924 or 1925:


“My nice grandfather Arthur Eckard is the person on the far proper and he was the instructor,” writes Jamie. “His son Vernon Eckard is in entrance with the baseball bat. His son Cameron Eckard is the tall boy in again second from proper. His daughter Arline Eckard is third from proper on the entrance row with lengthy, darkish stockings. After which there’s my grandmother Hazel Eckard, second from left within the again row.”

Looks as if college was fairly a household affair on this household. Many due to Jamie and all the opposite honorable mentions!

And the winners are…

Our first winner is Mary Crawford from the U.S., who shared two pretty pictures that include a exceptional story about her ancestor’s willpower to realize an schooling regardless of the shortage of help from her household. 

The pictures depict Mary’s grandmother, Sophie Sieczkowski, who was the primary feminine in her household to graduate highschool.

Mary writes that Sophie was a primary technology American citizen, born to folks who had fled persecution in Jap Europe in 1887. “Sophie’s dad and mom didn’t communicate English and in reality they acquired fairly perturbed when the kids spoke English they usually didn’t know what they have been discussing,” writes Mary. She explains that the place Sophie got here from, it was thought of pointless for a lady to be educated, as a result of they have been anticipated to have an organized marriage at a younger age (15–16). “The one factor girls wanted to know was the best way to clear, prepare dinner, and have a tendency to youngsters,” says Mary. “Nevertheless, younger Sophie had a dream. She needed to be an informed lady and to grow to be a instructor.”

Within the early 1900s, youngsters usually stayed in class till round eighth grade, if household circumstances permitted them to remain that lengthy. However Sophie had different plans.

“Younger Sophie hatched a scheme to inform her dad and mom that the Nebraska legislation now said that youngsters needed to graduate from highschool,” writes Mary. The legislation truly stipulated that youngsters should attend college between the ages of seven–16, and have been allowed to depart early — at age 14 — in the event that they have been anticipated to work on the farm. However Sophie twisted the reality so she might keep in class. Her dad and mom weren’t comfortable about this, and when her father understood that she must maintain finding out, he instructed her that if she needed to graduate highschool, she can be on her personal and he would not be supporting her.

This didn’t deter younger Sophie. She took a job as a home and labored for room and board whereas attending college. She graduated highschool in 1913 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Under is her enhanced, colorized commencement picture:

“Her post-graduation plan was to coach as a instructor and procure employment in an area college district,” writes Mary, and that’s what she did: she obtained a instructing place in a rural one-room college in Cass County, Nebraska. The picture beneath reveals her standing within the doorway of the schoolhouse the place she taught grades kindergarten by way of eighth grade.


Sophie went on to get married, have 8 youngsters, and grow to be a really hardworking farm spouse — and she or he inspired all 6 of her daughters to get an schooling and graduate from highschool like she had.

“She labored arduous to earn the cash to pay for the room and board for the ladies to dwell on the town and attend highschool,” writes Mary. “A number of of her daughters went on to finally take some faculty programs.”

A kind of daughters — Mary’s mom — additionally grew to become a instructor, and so did Mary, in addition to Mary’s niece.

“My grandmother was such a intelligent and courageous woman to inform such a fib after which to observe by way of to succeed in her desires,” writes Mary. “She was such a decided and spunky younger woman that I respect and admire! I thank her day by day for her sacrifices and for encouraging all of her feminine descendants to succeed in our desires.”

What a deeply inspiring story and such stunning pictures! Congratulations, Mary, and plenty of thanks for sharing them with us.

Our subsequent winner is Julia Claire Stafford from Australia. Julia shared the next picture of her at West Harnham Infants College, Harnham, Salisbury, Wiltshire, U.Ok.:


“The outdated Nissen huts which housed the varsity have been left from the military base on Salisbury Plain  throughout World Warfare II,” writes Julia. “Despite the fact that this picture was taken about 57 years in the past, I nonetheless keep in mind my instructor Miss Smith, who wore lengthy skirts and rode her bike to highschool day by day. My most vivid reminiscences are of my greatest pal crying on our first day as a result of she didn’t just like the milk we had at morning tea time and lining up on the workplace to be given our 5-year-old vaccines.  Fortunately I solely keep in mind the Polio vaccine, which was on a sugar dice. I’m the kid second from the left of the picture, the little woman strolling and carrying a guide.”

What a unprecedented picture, and such vivid reminiscences! Congratulations, Julia, and thanks for sharing!

And final however not least, the third winner of the Again to College Picture Contest is Kathryn Archer (@that90sgenealogist) from Yorkshire:

This picture depicts her grandfather’s class in Goldthorpe, Yorkshire. Kathryn writes: “His father additionally taught on the identical college and taught actor Brian Blessed throughout his time there.”

The picture actually involves life when colorized with MyHeritage In Shade™, proper right down to the wooden grain of the desks. Wonderful! Congratulations, Kathryn, and thanks for sharing this!

Mary, Julia, and Kathryn will every obtain a free MyHeritage Full plan. Congratulations once more and luxuriate in — and thanks as soon as once more to everybody who entered in your fantastic pictures.

The competition could also be over, however you possibly can enhance your outdated household pictures with beautiful outcomes at any time utilizing the MyHeritage picture instruments. Improve, colorize, or animate your pictures immediately!

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