*With permission, Historical photographs of IWU

A. Stimulate Your Senses:

What is this place? What is available in this place

Who is in the photo? What is that person doing?

Where is this place? When was the photo taken?

When does it appear this photo is taken? Now? in the Past?

This is a rural neighborhood with houses, trees, sidewalks, and streets. There are about thirty people standing or sitting in two lines in this photo. It appears that they are all posing for this picture - it was not taken candidly. They are dressed in very old-fashioned clothing, so I would assume that this was taken in the 1920s or so.

B. Change:

What's changed? What's still the same? What replaced this scene and why?

Fashion has changed. House styles and technology too. People still pose for pictures like this today, but they smile and stand closer together, showing their happiness and friendship.

C. Imagine You Are There:

Write a letter about how your day was when this picture was taken.

June 15, 1925
Dear Karl,

I had a wonderful day today. It was our first family reunion at my family's home in the suburbs. Although I spent the day helping my mother clean the house and prepare all kinds of food, I saw so many great relatives that I have not seen for a long time. They all live so far away, and I wish we could get together more. But with money being so tight, this opportunity alone was a blessing.

As you can see, I'm standing in the picture on the right, carrying my books as usual. I was showing Uncle Hank what I'd been up to in school when the photographer finished setting up for this photo. I plan on saving my money and hopefully buying a frame for this photo for my parents for Christmas. They really had a great time seeing everyone too.

I hope all is well for you. We're getting by with what we can. Maybe the next time we have one of these reunions, you'll be able to come too.

Love always,

Dear Katie,

I loved to hear about your day and very much enjoyed the picture! I'm glad to hear you spent the day with your mom, and I hope you both made some delicious food - I'm sure you did. I wish I was there to eat it. It's also very comforting to hear that you were able to see your family. It's not often you can all get together these days.

The picture of you is great and I really hope that you will be able to save up for a picture frame. That would be so great! Your parents would love it. -- Oh and be sure to ask Uncle Hank how he's doing for me if you see him again.

All is well with me! And I hope that I will be able to come to a reunion too!