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Schools - General

The history of a school provides an image of the changing culture in a town, city, or region. People who are interested in the history of an area, or who are researching the genealogy of a family often refer to historical school records for clues. Those who attended a specific school may also collect historical items and memorabilia from that school.

Old school records and photographs might pertain to a local one-room schoolhouse, an early high school, or a university. They document the people who attended the school, teachers who taught there, and changes to the location and physical school building. Classroom photographs are especially of interest to people who are looking for their ancestors or documenting the history of an area. Vintage school yearbooks include individual pictures of students and faculty as well as historical facts and statistics about the school.

School memorabilia items are also popular with collectors. Many people collect items that depict the schools they attended. Class rings, sports pennants, pins, letter jackets, trophies, uniforms, and other items are of interest. Some collectors also acquire old school desks, heating stoves, bells, slates, and globes.


Quick Facts

  • The school yearbook was invented by George K. Warren, a photographer who specialized in portraits of college graduates in the 1860s. The individual portraits of the classmates were bound into a fancy album and sold to the students
  • School memorabilia becomes valuable when it is associated with a famous person. In 2011, former NBA star Julius Irving's high school class ring sold at auction for $35,801
  • Marilyn Monroe only appeared in one edition of her high school yearbook, the 1942 Chieftain from University High School in West Los Angeles, California. A sophomore, the then Norma Baker appeared on page 48. Editions of the 1942 Chieftain now regularly command more than $2,000 each

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Lot of College and Souvenir Pennants
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of College and Souvenir Pennants
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$152 Bids
Sterling Silver Annual Christmas Ornament LOT 138g
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Sterling Silver Annual Christmas Ornament LOT 138g
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
(50pc) The Harvard Classics Books, Collier
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
(50pc) The Harvard Classics Books, Collier
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Cast Aluminum Vintage School Bell
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Cast Aluminum Vintage School Bell
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $30- $50
$150 Bids
1967 Michigan State Wolverine Yearbook
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
1967 Michigan State Wolverine Yearbook
by Pace & Hong Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$60 Bids
Americana Calendar 1955 Circus Edition 5th Annual
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
Americana Calendar 1955 Circus Edition 5th Annual
by Moggies Auction Service
Est: $20- $40
$100 Bids
Boy Scouts of America Collection: Lot of Twenty-one
Nov 12, 6:00 PM EST
Boy Scouts of America Collection: Lot of Twenty-one
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $60- $80
$300 Bids
46th Annual New York Art Director’s Club Exhibition. 1966.
Nov 14, 11:00 AM EST
46th Annual New York Art Director’s Club Exhibition. 1966.
by Poster Auctions International Inc
Est: $800- $1,000
$7000 Bids
Roger 'Syd' Barrett (British 1946-2006) interest,
Oct 28, 10:00 AM BST
Roger 'Syd' Barrett (British 1946-2006) interest,
by Cheffins
Est: £100- £200
£1000 Bids
Princeton University Sterling Silver Bowl
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
Princeton University Sterling Silver Bowl
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $300- $400
$1000 Bids
Girl Scouts of America award proclamations
Oct 22, 11:30 PM EDT
Girl Scouts of America award proclamations
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$250 Bids
Christmas Luncheon 9th Annual Partridge Club of NY
Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
Christmas Luncheon 9th Annual Partridge Club of NY
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $35- $90
$250 Bids
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Montana State College, Bozeman (approx. 30 pieces) [140774]
Oct 28, 8:00 AM PDT
Montana State College, Bozeman (approx. 30 pieces) [140774]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $120- $200
$600 Bids
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Portrait of the 1916 Sophomore Class of Santa Rosa High School [137881]
Oct 28, 8:00 AM PDT
Portrait of the 1916 Sophomore Class of Santa Rosa High School [137881]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $150- $350
$750 Bids
Vintage Boy Scouts of America Articles
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
Vintage Boy Scouts of America Articles
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
An Identification Card
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
An Identification Card
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
George Washington high school award medal and ribbon
Oct 21, 11:30 PM EDT
George Washington high school award medal and ribbon
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $25- $30
$100 Bids
Vintage c. 1940 Boy Scouts of America Bakelite Compass
Oct 25, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage c. 1940 Boy Scouts of America Bakelite Compass
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
AMERICAN LEGION SCHOOL AWARD GROUPING
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
AMERICAN LEGION SCHOOL AWARD GROUPING
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $80
$400 Bids
SANTA ANNA ORDERS SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
SANTA ANNA ORDERS SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $80
$300 Bids
Charles Marion Russell (American, 1864-1926) Indian Scout and Horse, Illustrated Letter, 1918
Nov 04, 10:00 AM MDT
Charles Marion Russell (American, 1864-1926) Indian Scout and Horse, Illustrated Letter, 1918
by Hindman
Est: $50,000- $70,000
$25,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Schools - General


Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

Hindman

Hindman

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida