I know when my Mother was confirmed. Not sure about my Dad I am certain he was confirmed but I have no photo to prove it.
This is my mothers confirmation class in 1944. Mom would have been 15 years old. She is third from the right in the back row. Note that most all the girls have some kind of curly hairstyle and are most likely wearing a white dress.
My mothers can still recite most of Luther’s Small Catechism….probably first in German and then in English.
I was thankful that when I studied Luther’s Small Catechism that they didn’t require the Large Catechism too…I memorized verses and the “What does this mean” parts only long enough to repeat them in a group…then it was out of my brain ready for the next what does this mean.
Since 1529 the Lutheran Church has been using Luther’s Small Catechism to teach its Doctrine to the children…it is often called a short course in the Christian Faith.
I am reasonably thankful that my parents made me go to Confirmation every Saturday morning for two years. ( At the time I wasn’t too thrilled.) The end result was a firm faith foundation even though I wasn’t very good at memorization.