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U-Mich. Orchestra: 1950s

U-Mich. Orchestra: 1950s

Student at University of Michigan Orchestra sign-up table, circa early 1950s.

Good observation!


I think you are right. This photo was taken by my partner's father, a music student at the University of Michigan in the 1950s. I have another slide of a student posting a sign promoting participation in the orchestra.

I find the light, colors and compositio of this photo quite lovely.


Andrew W. Roberts
Norfolk, VA

Sign Maker at Work

Is this really a sign-up table for the orchestra, or is it a behind-the-scenes look at the art of hand-lettering? He's hard at work making more block-letter signs.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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