Monthly Archives: July 2013

Treasure Hunting: E-bay

For several years, I’ve been discovering treasures on E-bay. I’ve bought everything on there from my wedding dress to furniture to cylinder heads for Motor Man’s racing engines.

One of my favorite things to find are items pertaining to this area of Virginia where I’ve always lived.  Last week, I discovered three yearbooks from the school I attended. I was in elementary school in the most recent of these, the 1962 Colonial Trail.

(The yearbook’s namesake is the section of state highway 10 as it passes through  Surry County, where our school was located).

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As I looked through the 1950 and 1958 volumes, I recognized many of the students’ names as folks I came to know years after they had graduated high school.

Just as with the music from that era, seeing the photos in these yearbooks makes me think of a “nicer” time in our country. The students seemed more innocent in a way, and much more respectful of themselves and others.

For example: this photo of the 1962 May Queen and her court. The girls look so graceful in their beautiful evening gowns and long gloves. And the guys look proud to be escorting the queen and princess.


I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that the lovely young lady on the right is my friend, Linda, whom I came to know about 15 years ago. I’d say she was the perfect choice for May Queen.

See? You just never know what treasures await you on E-bay.

One of the top hits of 1962 was this instrumental by Acker Bilk. Listen and be taken back to a simpler time.