This is the 1929 Zonian yearbook from Balboa High School, located in the town of Balboa on the Pacific side of the former Canal Zone on the isthmus of Panama. This yearbook is in used condition. Most of the pages are in very good condition, but the first page has a small tear at the bottom. Also, there is minor discoloration of the pages (off white) because of aging. The back cover is attached to the bound pages, but the front cover is separated (see photos). There is also a slight curl to the hard covers. Most of the internal pages are without writing, but the " Miss Erickson, compliments of the staff " and some additional notes at the top of the first page. The last page has has a list, by year, of the number of students who attended Canal Zone schools for every year between 1906 and 1927 (neat!), so this yearbook may have belonged to an administrator. This yearbook was part of the Panama Canal Museum archives and a stock number is written inside the front cover at the top. Please view the photos below to see the condition of representative pages. The advertisements are really great and are one of the highlights of this yearbook. These ads bring back memories of what life was like on the Pacific side of the former Panama Canal Zone.
This yearbook was part of the Panama Canal Museum archives. When the museum closed, I gave the museum a large donation in exchange for some of their yearbooks. I already have a copy of this yearbook in my personal collection, so I am selling this copy to recover some of the money from my donation.
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.