Going back to school in New Jersey: amazing vintage snapshots

Take a look at these amazing vintage photos.Courtesy of Douglas Haase

Take a look at these amazing vintage photos.

Going back to school is one of those age old traditions. Proud parents line up their kids to take that snapshot of the first day of school. You see how much they’ve grown and excitement is in the air for the school year ahead.

As we look forward to new teachers, activities and friends, let’s take a look back at how New Jerseyans of the past marked their schooling experience with this collection of vintage snapshots.

Taken in 1948, the original caption read, "On the first day of school, a nursery school teacher helps her students put their coats in their cubbyholes, Madison, New Jersey."Courtesy of Getty Images

Taken in 1948, the original caption read, “On the first day of school, a nursery school teacher helps her students put their coats in their cubbyholes, Madison, New Jersey.”

The outfits look a little different today than they did in 1956. Check out the prim and proper eighth grade class at St. Bartholemew the Apostle School in Scotch Plains. Courtesy of Ron Loneker

The outfits look a little different today than they did in 1956. Check out the prim and proper eighth grade class at St. Bartholemew the Apostle School in Scotch Plains.

These Waldwick High School boys looked thrilled to be in their home economics class in the 1950s. Courtesy of Chip Tanis

These Waldwick High School boys looked thrilled to be in their home economics class in the 1950s.

 

Things may have been a little more low tech, but the stage hands for the school plays, like this student from Brick Township High School, made the 1968 production of "Oliver!" come to life. Courtesy of BTHS

Things may have been a little more low tech, but the stage hands for the school plays, like this student from Brick Township High School, made the 1968 production of “Oliver!” come to life.

Wow! This photo of Miss Lovell's class in Madison, is from 1886.Courtesy of the Madison Historical Society

Wow! This photo of Miss Lovell’s class in Madison, is from 1886.

Some things never change. Lunch time fun is always a classic like these girls sharing a snack Camden High School in 1946. Courtesy of the Courier-Post

Some things never change. Lunch time fun is always a classic like these girls sharing a snack Camden High School in 1946.

Even in 1928 school photos were a must. This one is of students at the Elliot Street School in Newark. Courtesy of Robert McCourt II

Even in 1928 school photos were a must. This one is of students at the Elliot Street School in Newark.

Students at the Hartridge School in Plainfield showed off their school pride in this pic from the 1950s. Courtesy of the Wardlaw-Hartridge School

Students at the Hartridge School in Plainfield showed off their school pride in this pic from the 1950s.

Cheerleaders, like these at Woodbury High School in 1937, are a school tradition. Courtesy of Woodbury High School

Cheerleaders, like these at Woodbury High School in 1937, are a school tradition.

Mrs.Smith's first grade class at the Hillcrest School in Morris Township is shown in 1959. How cute! Courtesy of the Hillcrest School

Mrs.Smith’s first grade class at the Hillcrest School in Morris Township is shown in 1959. How cute!

Someone is excited for the first day of school! Students outside the J. Harold Van Zandt School in Marlton held signs with one reading "Happiness is school opening on Thursday, September 9" in the 1960s. Courtesy of the NJ Digital Highway

Someone is excited for the first day of school! Students outside the J. Harold Van Zandt School in Marlton held signs with one reading “Happiness is school opening on Thursday, September 9” in the 1960s.

You'd never think school could look this way. 1.The Woodburn School, a one-room schoolhouse in Wantage, is shown with teacher and students in 1899. Courtesy of Elaine Hocking

You’d never think school could look this way. 1. The Woodburn School, a one-room schoolhouse in Wantage, is shown with teacher and students in 1899.

For a more extensive glimpse into retro back-to-school pics, check out the full gallery at NJ.com!