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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Northampton High: 1906

Northampton High: 1906

Circa 1906. "High school in Northampton, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Church in background

That church in the background on the right is still there too, bad sadly it is in a pretty bad state. They were doing construction on it for a while. The dirt around the foundation was all dug away and the door was boarded up. But it has been in various states of construction and disuse for what seems like 10 years now so I'm not sure what the goal with it is. It's a shame because it is a beautiful building.

Northampton High: 1906

I live in Northampton, and I walk past this building at least five times a week. The corner building now houses offices, including the Northampton Center for the Arts which sponsors concerts in the old school auditorium upstairs. The building to the left to which it connects now houses very nice apartments. The buildings are just a short walk from Smith College.

Fast Women

In 1906, women apparently moved much faster than men.

 
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