1968 Caribbean Yearbook - Cristobal High School - Panama Canal Zone

Item CZYB13            

This Item was Sold on 7 October 2011 for $191

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This is the 1968 Caribbean yearbook from Cristobal High School, located on the Atlantic side of the isthmus of the Panama Canal Zone in the town of Coco Solo. The contents include faculty and student activities for grades 7 through 12. The end of the yearbook has lots of cool advertisements from familiar places in Colon and the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal Zone. I am in this yearbook as a Senior (CHS Class of 1968). I have my own personal copy of this yearbook with greetings from classmates and that one is not offered for sale. This yearbook belonged to Mrs. Dorothy Huffman Smith who was the Senior High School English teacher and the director of the yearbook committee. I remained in touch with Mrs. Smith after graduation until her recent death. I live a 2 hour drive from her home near Lima , Ohio and I would visit her every year and bring her Rose Apples and Gynnips. Dorothy would tell me stories that she never told her students and I won't repeat any of them here. Her wishes were to have her yearbook collection donated to the Panama Canal Museum. After her death, Dorothy's family contacted me and gave me her entire yearbook collection. I called the museum and was told that they already had 3 copies of each yearbook and they did not want any more. Instead, they wanted money to pay for digitizing their existing yearbooks through the University of Florida Panama Archives. I contacted Dorothy's family and they approved of my retention of the yearbooks in exchange for a monetary donation to the museum. This yearbook is one of Dorothy's yearbooks and I am selling it to help me recover part of my monetary contribution to the museum. This yearbook is in like-new condition except for a dedication to Mrs. Smith written on the inside front cover. A rare and valuable document about life in the former Panama Canal Zone.

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