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Three 1900s Carrington N.D. university students in their busy room

Fraternity room. RPPC. Private Collection.

Carrington, North Dakota, university students. RPPC. Private Collection.

I love indoor shots, especially when they show how photographs were displayed.  These three students are most likely standing in their fraternity house’s common room or dormitory. Besides the three subjects there are three cabinet photos on the dresser behind them, with a clock in the middle.  In the mirror above is the reflection of a cuckoo’s clock on the opposite wall (a little hard to see unless you use a looking glass). There’s also a display of real photo postcards on the back wall; street views, mountain views, greeting cards. I can’t help but think this was their “Facebook wall”. :)

And you have the lace curtains on the window along with their two banners, one facing indoor and the other facing outside for everyone to see. The last word on that one looks to be Merris.

The RPPC is divided with no stamp box. I believe this was taken in the mid to late 1900s.

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1910s Mankato fraternity brothers

Mankato. RPPC. Private Collection.

1910s Fraternity brothers. Mankato. RPPC. Private Collection.

Well dressed handsome fraternity brothers proudly displaying their banner. Big boy in the middle has a ribbon on his coat.

Ever wondered why some suits still have a buttonhole on the left lapel? There you have it. This piece of jewelry has gone by the wayside but boutonnieres are still widely used on special occasions.

RPPC: AZO 1904-1918. Mankato, Minnesota.


1909 Fraternity boy (?) from Brooklyn

1909 Fraternity boy (?) Personal collection.

1909 Fraternity boy (?) Private collection.

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This one did not scan well. The process made the dark parts look like silver, so I toyed with it some. Does anyone out there know the pin he’s wearing? I’m guessing a fraternity by other examples I’ve seen.

An adult wrote the date on the back in pencil, then below it a toddler (I strongly assume) wrote it again, also in pencil. :)

Photographer: Oxford & Dillholfk. Brooklyn, N.Y.


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