Back to School Connection

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”


Starting out in the world as a first-grader can be frightening, but not in Germany. Parents help their children make the transition from kindergarten to primary school more enticing. They give them a “schultuete” or school cone. The large cone is decorated and filled with candy and gifts.


Candy Cone

Ceramics and Photo Styling of the Schultuete by Tresa Meyer Clark


A Little History
My Oma (Grandma in German) gave me a photograph of my Dad on his first day of primary school, holding his schultuete, in Hamburg, Germany in the 1940’s.


School Candy Cone

Hamburg, Germany


The expression on his face is priceless. That photo inspired me to create a collage, and a ceramic piece, as pictured above in a shadow box display. Spending creative time to stylize all the German items my Grandparents saved over the years is one of my favorite ways to decorate. As a graphic artist, combining old hand-written letters from Europe and postcard memorabilia helps me to connect the past to the present in a collage.
A way to capture the light, or bring the old stuff up from the basement storage and make it meaningful again.


the water and boats in Germany


first grade, photo, 1960's, retouched, back to school, school portrait, tresa meyer clark

Tresa Meyer

Just for giggles, here is my first-grade portrait. I took the time today to retouch it for spots and crinkles. Obviously my parents had great sense of style. ( :




One thought on “Back to School Connection

  1. Love this!! A cone full of goodies:) As an Elementary secretary I see KG kids bringing all kinds of “comfort” items back to school after the summer of play and sunshine. A cone full of candy would certainly rock their first day back! Checking pockets and lunch boxes just in case:) Last year, I did have a second grade student share, he could eat his Halloween candy on the bus on the way in the morning… “See” His pockets full of bubble gum and Tootie rolls:) I had to do the dirty work and confiscate! Good post:) d

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