This is the 1971 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 on the Atlantic side of the former Panama Canal Zone. Go Tigers!
This yearbook belonged to Mrs. Dorothy Huffman Smith who was a Senior High School English teacher and the director of the yearbook committee. I stayed in touch with Mrs. Smith after graduating from CHS. Dorothy wanted her yearbook collection to be donated to the Panama Canal Museum in Florida. After her death, Dorothy's family gave me her entire yearbook collection to give to the museum. The museum said that they already had 3 copies of each yearbook and they would prefer to receive money to pay for digitizing existing yearbooks so that images could be added to the University of Florida Panama Archives. I gave the museum a large donation and kept the yearbooks. This yearbook is one of Dorothy's yearbooks and I am selling it to help me recover part of my donation to the museum. This yearbook is in near mint condition. The only writing is Dorothy Smith's signature on first inside page. The cover, pages and binding are in excellent condition. A rare and valuable document about life in the former Panama Canal Zone.
Many of the yearbooks from the Panama Canal Zone have been digitized and are available as free downloadable JPGs on the University of Florida's archival website ( CHS ; BHS ), but you cannot search the text on graphics and reading jpegs on iBooks is not easy on your eyes..You can also purchase xerox copies of yearbooks from Classmates.com for about $80, but it is much better to purchase an original copy of this yearbook to keep in your own collection.