This is the 1931 Zonian yearbook from Balboa High School, located in the town of Balboa on the Pacific side of the former Canal Zone on the isthmus of Panama. This yearbook is in used condition. The binding and pages are in very nice condition. The only flaw is a small hole on the outside surface of the spine. Many of the pages have student signatures, as expected. Most of the yearbooks for this year are in very poor condition. This is the best one I have seen. Please view the photos below to see the condition of representative pages. The advertisements are really great and are one of the highlights of this yearbook. They bring back memories of what life was like on the Pacific side of the former Panama Canal Zone.
This yearbook was part of the Panama Canal Museum archives. When the museum closed, I gave the museum a large donation in exchange for some of their yearbooks. I already have a copy of this yearbook in my personal collection, so I am selling this copy to recover some of the money from my donation.
Many of the yearbooks from the Panama Canal Zone have been digitized and are available as free downloadable JPGs on the University of Florida's archival website ( CHS ; BHS ), but you cannot search the text on graphics and reading jpegs on iBooks is not easy on your eyes. You can also purchase Xerox copies of yearbooks from Classmates.com for about $80, but it is much better to purchase an original copy of this yearbook to keep in your own collection.