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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Pre-Med: 1901

Pre-Med: 1901

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1901. "Alabama Medical College." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

School of Medicine

Sadly, this fine building is gone.

A little history:

Opened as Alabama Medical College in 1859 in Mobile by Josiah C. Nott and other physicians as part of the University of Alabama. Closed by the Civil War in 1861 it reopened in 1868. Reorganized in 1897, it became the Medical Department and in 1907 the School of Medicine of the University of Alabama. The Mobile School was closed and moved to Tuscaloosa in 1920 as a two year basic medical science program, which was offered through 1941. 692 19th Street South, Birmingham AL.

I'll hazard a guess

that the creepy little building on the left is where they store the Cadavers?

The college looks pretty decrepit.

Wonder if the building was still in use. The three little friends sitting on the curb look cute.

Tough slog

Good example of why the advent of pavement was such a blessing for the pulling horses of yesteryear. A standard passenger carriage like the one in this pic would be a cinch for a horse to pull if it were on pavement; on an alternately loose/rutted deep dirt road like this, it was tough going indeed.

 
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