Before there was the Manville Mustangs, our football team was called “The Yellow Jackets” I guess we carried on yellow or “gold” as out preferred athletics color. One of the team photos I’ve seen has them posing with a football that says “1930 champs” and in general, it’s rumored that the team was amazing. These photos though, date sometime in the mid 1940’s… you can see the Manville water tower looming in the backround alluding to the fact that this top photo was taken somewhere in the niehborhood of the current Manville High School despite the faact that it wasn’t even built yet.
Joe Pafero just contacted me with some great additional/correctional information on the Yellow Jackets… this is awesome. he wrote…
“THE 1ST PICTURE OF THE YELLOW JACKETS IS NOT ON THE NORTH SIDE IT IS IN WESTON BY ROYCE BROOK THEY PLAYED AT THE MANVILLE AA FIELD. MANVILLE CENSUS IN 1940 WAS 3300 PEOPLE. I WAS LUCKY TO SEE SOMEONE’S SCRAP BOOK AND I READ AT SOME GAMES THE ATTENDANCE WAS OVER 8000 WHEN THEY PLAYED TEAMS FROM PA. I ALSO SAW A FOOTBALL PROGRAM THAT SHOWED THE SCHOOLS THAT THEY PLAYED AT. MANY HAD MANVILLE HIGH SCHOOL WHICH WAS NOT BUILT YET YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER A LOT OF THEM HAD TO LEAVE SCHOOL EARLY AND DID NOT GRADUATE GRAMMAR SCHOOL”
The next 2 photos are just random classroom scenes. The bottom one is dated 1948. I’ve been told the the top one is more recent… If you have any more info on these I’d love to hear about it.