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Northwestern High: 1911

Northwestern High: 1911

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1911. "Northwestern High School, main corridor." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Wonder why wide halls

The amazing feature to me is the sheer width of the hallway, especially since there are only lockers on one side part of the way. Wonder why they built them so wide back then?

Slow Times at Northwestern High

You can see how long it look to take the photograph by looking at the clock on the ceiling. You can see the blur of movement between 2:55 and 3.

No Conduit!

Probably one of my biggest pet peeves when going into a modern-day school (the one I work in included) are the miles of added-on conduit snaking along the walls and ceiling. Every obsolete intercom system, security camera, and fluorescent lighting conversion seems to have its own set of random tubes and junction boxes littering up the ceilings and soffits. It's nice to see a fresh, pristine hallway, free of plaster patches, conduit, and those God-awful fluorescent pendants -- though I'm sure the existing lighting must have made for some pretty dim evenings.

Ears are Ringing

Ah, the peal of those big electric bells! Run -- you're late! Today's kids get only a lackluster tone fed through the P.A. speakers.

I remember the bell well

It was a beautiful sound at the end of the school day. Not so much in the morning.

"Compare and contrast"


Such a big valve?


Another striking photograph that pulses with anticipated life!

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