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Washington, DC. Howard University in 1943 opened Slowe Hall, a dormitory for female graduate students. That structure arguably merits designation as an historic landmark, at least for its presentation of art-deco design elements. The building was named for the late Lucy Diggs Slowe, the university's first dean of women students. While we don't know the identities of the subjects, we know that wartime exigencies led administrators to open the dormitories to young, single professional women who flooded the many offices in the nation's capital. Therefore, some, if not all of these young ladies were not students at the time of the photo. Nevertheless, their smiles still charm us some 70 years later. View full size.
This was taken by my dad almost certainly on the last weekend in January, 1967. Not only am I reading a book about astronauts with my little bro, but the newspaper on the side table is the L.A. Times. By zooming in, the headline appears to be: "3 Astronauts Killed in Apollo Test. " I was such a follower of the space program, and this photo just renews the sense of tragedy I felt. View full size.
Like everything else in the Bernard Burch photo collection, this image is devoid of annotation. All we can tell you is that the setting is somewhere in northern Minnesota. The women's fashions may be a clue to the date; I can't help you there. The girls on either side may be sisters. View full size.
The State of Minnesota conducted its last census in 1905. In that year, it double counted our boy Bernard Burch. He is enumerated as part of his parents' household in Wadena as well as among the students at St. John's College in Collegeville. This moldy print depicts a 16 year-old Bernie (second from left) in Collegeville with a few musically-inclined classmates, some of whom we saw earlier. The portrait of an ever-watchful prefect is suspended above. Image from the Bernard Burch photo collection. View full size.