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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mystery History -- Solved!

I stumped everyone this week. See what happens when you don't see an exhibition at Pasadena Museum of History?

I shot this photo straight from the wall in the north gallery, where the exhibition Crown City Jubilee celebrated institutions in Pasadena's history. One section was about schools and included the photo above. The exhibition opened in May and closed on Sept. 14.

In this 1934 photo, Hazel Barker's sixth grade class at Ulysses S. Grant School poses with the telephone system they designed and built for the school. 

In the 1930s Grant School was designated as a school for gifted students, so it's not surprising in this city famous for science and engineering that these young smarties were given such a project.

Grant school, which no longer exists, was originally located on a portion of 18 acres on Colorado Boulevard between Hill and Sierra Bonita avenues set aside for construction of a new campus for Pasadena High School. See this 2011 Mystery History post for a little more about that.

I've had a lot going on lately and have been extraordinarily busy, so I didn't have time to fish through the Pasadena Museum of History archives for additional photos of Grant School. The good news is this leaves the door open for another Mystery History photo about Grant School someday!

Many thanks to Pasadena Museum of History.

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