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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sugar Land High School Girls, 1920s

This photo comes from the Brooks family collection. The location is the Lakeview campus (just a few feet east of the auditorium), and the date is the 1920s. I don't think you'd say these girls are 'flappers' by any means, but I think they're pretty stylish for Sugar Land. Wish I knew who they were. (Notice how they've rolled their socks/stockings down to their ankles. Boys did the same thing.)

An update: A popular band of the 1920s, The Ted Weems Orchestra, recorded a song entitled, "Collegiate Love." Here is a portion of the lyrics:

I'm the boy from college!

Rah, rah, rah!
Rah, rah, rah!
Now, I'm the boy from college!
Rah, rah, rah!
Rah, rah, rah!
I make the ladies fall.

You wonder how I do it,
Well, if you only knew it!
There's really nothing to it,
And I'll confess it all.

Get yourself a hunk of tin
To take the girlies riding in,
For that's -- collegiate love!

Let your socks hang on the ground,
The girls will follow you around,
For that's -- collegiate love!

Here's a version of the song on YouTube. It's a direct transcription off an original 78, so you'll have to turn up the volume. (I'm a big fan of The Ted Weems Orchestra.)


  1. Marjery Brooks Ashford was the daughter of Captain Brooks, the agriculture boss for the Sugarland Industries in the 1920s-30s. Brooks Street and Brooks Lake were named for him.

    Bruce Kelly

  2. John Pirtle, Mrs. Pirtle's son says the girl in the center is Dorothy Trout. Her family lived next door to the Pirtles on Imperial Blvd. Her father was the conductor on the Sugar Land Railroad. There used to be a passenger car on the line. The Rosenberg Railroad Museum has a copy of the passenger fares to prove it.