Posts Tagged ‘Xavier High School’

1933 yearbook ads: Who is still in business?

January 20, 2009

Looks like Barnes & Noble is the only one—and at the same location on lower Fifth Avenue. That’s still their textbook branch; it opened in 1932, a year before this yearbook page from Xavier High School, a Jesuit academy in Chelsea, was published.


The New York Band Instrument Co. and Lou J. Harris Tuxedos are long gone; an NYU dorm occupies their former storefronts on East 14th Street. And Rowan’s Ice Cream—established in 1867!—is also history.

I wonder about Drake Bakeries on Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn. Could it be the same Drake’s that begat Devil Dogs, Yodels, and other lunchbox treats later in the 20th century?

The boys of Xavier High School

December 21, 2008

This is just a random page from a copy of Xavier High School’s 1933 yearbook. Xavier, founded in the 1847, is an elite Jesuit high school on West 16th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues that attracts boys from all over the metropolitan area. Until 1971, ROTC was mandatory, hence the military uniforms.

But when were the boys below marked RIP? Perhaps they died young, in World War II. Or maybe the classmate who owned this yearbook wrote the initials recently.