What is "Tinas Coma"? An old yearbook filled with mystery and ephemera

Last weekend, searching for collage ephemera, I found a treasure at an antique store in Burlington, a small town an hour north of Seattle. What caught my eye wasn't the turquoise blue cover, but the title of this 1958 high school yearbook. Tinas Coma -- what could it mean?
Tinas Coma 1958 yearbook
Even without the missing apostrophe, "Tinas Coma" sounds like the name of an early 80s punk band. Or maybe mid-90s grunge. But in 1958, such things didn't exist. Could it be Latin? Greek? Nope, not according to Google Translate.

The yearbook held many treasures, like the 12 "Girls of the Month." Why does Miss Poise look so sad?

Tinas Coma 1958 yearbook
And look at this Homecoming court!! Queen Annette is rockin' those cat's-eye glasses.

Tinas Coma 1958 yearbook
The girls at Burlington-Edison high school were leaders of everything -- singing, yelling....

Tinas Coma 1958 yearbook
The back pages of the yearbook are filled with ads for local businesses, with photos taken by students. Like this one, which could be called "The Three Faces of Mary."
Tinas Coma 1958 yearbook

But the yearbook holds mysteries beyond the title. For instance, what could the "Sexette" student group be up to? And why are they only photographed in profile????
Tinas Coma 1958 yearbook
And the Wrestling team spread looks more like a "Hunk of the month" calendar than pages in a yearbook.
Tinas Coma 1958 yearbook
So, what does "Tinas Coma" actually mean? My husband uncovered the answer, finally. The words mean "Little Mountain" in the local Native American language. (Maybe it's related to "Tacoma"??) 

An even older copy of the yearbook, from 1946, is available in full online here.


Comments

  1. And I thought maybe it was personalized just for Tina and she was in a 'coma' her senior year- definitely not from drugs looking at those pix, but maybe too many beer and bonfire parties!

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