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Hiram College, Ohio, Postcards


This is the college Harold Bell Wright attended--sort of--before going on to become America's best-selling author.  In his autobiography, To My Sons, Wrights says: "But I must hasten to explain, that while I studied at Hiram College, I never went to college. That most excellent institution of learning, luckily for me, was not only a college, it was a preparatory school as well. It was even better than that: it conducted a pre-preparatory school. This pre-prep department was, roughly, something less than high school, and it was as far as I ever won toward a college education. It is said that I was a student at Hiram College, but the sad fact is that while I was a student at Hiram, I left that place of learning long before I could have entered the college." (page 151).

After two years in Hiram's pre-prep program, Wright decided he would graduate from Hiram college and then go to a major university for an advanced degree in something yet to be determined. But first he would take a year off to earn money for tuition. Near the end of that year of work, Wright temporarily lost his eyesight and could not enter school in the fall. He never returned to the classroom.

The picture postcards below are not Real Photo postcards, but black and white prints by the Albertype Co., Brooklyn, NY.  In fact these particular cards were kept in the files of the Albertype company so they could make duplicate cards from them if needed in the future. They were sold to a postcard dealer when the company went out of business many years later.  All but two have divided backs and no white border which suggests they were printed between 1907 and 1915.  The two vertical views of the clock tower have white borders, suggesting that they were probably printed between 1916 and 1930.  One of these two cards is not by Albertype, and has a fancy logo in the middle of a "Place Postage Stamp Here," message.  The logo appears to be CKO.

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Hiram06.JPG (55556 bytes) 1. Bowler Hall, Hiram, Ohio
Hiram07.JPG (50704 bytes) 2. Hiram College, Hiram Ohio.  Bowler Hall, Gerould Cottage, Miller Hall.
Hiram11.JPG (38137 bytes) 3. First Christian Church, Hiram, Ohio.
Hiram12.JPG (48481 bytes) 4. Hiram College, Hiram Ohio.
Hiram13.JPG (39807 bytes) 5. Hiram College, Hiram Ohio.  Library, Bowler Hall, Main College Building.
Hiram10.JPG (47773 bytes) 6. Library and Observatory, Hiram College, Hiram Ohio.
Hiram09.JPG (48853 bytes) 7. Hiram College, Hiram Ohio.
Hiram08.JPG (38412 bytes) 8. [No inscription on front.  Real Photo card]

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