Rites of Passage

Occasionally we know the occasion in remembrance of which a photograph was taken. This one is pretty clearly a graduation, in 1887:

class of '87

This one is by the same St. John NB photographer, but there's no date. I guess that it might be a sister:
another graduate

Ethel (graduating in Taunton MA) became Mrs. Steadman Young in later life:
Ethel graduates

Here's another, from a different era (perhaps 50 years later) but the same elements and iconography:
1940s graduate

Another rite of passage is confirmation, and the photographs are sometimes excruciating:



Joe Wilner ca. 1935