“Personal and Social” the Facebook of 1946


Facebook was still decades away — although one of the first computers, ENIAC, would debut at the University of Pennsylvania just two weeks later — so readers turned to the Exponent’s “Personal and Social” column to tell the world their family news.

Although there were no blurry selfies, the 30 or so brief items include several mentions of families leaving for Florida vacations, a few notices about veterans returning from overseas, an item about an Overbrook High School graduate receiving a four-year full tuition scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts and a couple blurbs about ill people.

“The friends of Miss Marjorie Cohen, of 6510 N. 16th St., will be pleased to learn that she has returned from the hospital and is recuperating from home,” one read.


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