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Posted at 8:15 AM ET, 10/19/2009

Photo Flashback: The Great Pumpkin

By John Kelly


This picture, by Post photographer Harry Naltchayan, ran in the paper on Oct. 28, 2964 1964. Here was the caption:

How to Face Halloween!
Children of the Happy Hill School, McLean, Va., planted Halloween and harvested it yesterday. Under the supervision of their teacher, Mrs. Paul Dodd, the youngsters took a 68-pound pumpkin that they cultivated in a schoolyard garden and created a jack-o-lantern from it.

All I know is, I wouldn't mess with Mrs. Paul Dodd. She looks entirely too into carving that pumpkin. (Cue manic "Psycho" strings.)

Do you have a better caption? Post in the Comments section below.

By John Kelly  | October 19, 2009; 8:15 AM ET
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"Oct. 28, 2964"
The future will be monochrome...

I went to preschool at Happy Hill School in 1970. It's on Georgetown Pike in Langley.

Posted by: wiredog | October 19, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Whoops! That's what happens when you insist on putting the "2" next to the "1" on the keyboard.

I've fixed it. I'm still worried I might have nightmares about a dagger-wielding Mrs. Paul Dodd.

Posted by: JohnFKelly | October 19, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Yep, I agree, the 2964 date had me thinking of riffs on "In the year 2525, if Man is Still Alive." I do note that that was probably one of the last years you would have seen little boys ears. Within a year or two, the British Invasion would have changed the fashion such that no kid worth his salt would have had clippers touch his head.

Posted by: mfromalex | October 19, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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