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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.

A 1912 September day in the study

September 1912 young man at desk. RPPC. Private Collection.

A studious looking gent at his desk, his coats and hats hanging behind him, and with a pile of books stacked by the wall. There’s an ink bottle on the table, and the calendar dates this picture to September 1912. The window is open with the blinds closed to shield the room from the sun.

He seems to be gazing off, wishing to look serious. I love indoor pictures like this. I find there’s always so much to look at.

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