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
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.
Click on Small Picture to see Large Picture
||1. Bowler Hall, Hiram, Ohio
||2. Hiram College, Hiram Ohio. Bowler Hall,
Gerould Cottage, Miller Hall.
||3. First Christian Church, Hiram, Ohio.
||4. Hiram College, Hiram Ohio.
||5. Hiram College, Hiram Ohio. Library, Bowler
Hall, Main College Building.
||6. Library and Observatory, Hiram College, Hiram Ohio.
||7. Hiram College, Hiram Ohio.
||8. [No inscription on front. Real Photo card]