I love the Internet Archive! Somewhere buried in its electronic “stacks” you can find almost anything. Today I found the Shortridge High School Annual, (Indianapolis, Ind.), 1917. At the back of the book each senior is pictured and a sentence or two was written about them - I love things like this! So fellow tumblrs, today I’d like to introduce you to William S. Averitt and Myra Allison, class of 1917. I don’t think I’ll be able to resist posting more of their classmates so stay tuned if that interests you. (click to enlarge)
"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book."
— This was found via spooksloverjane
My master used to read prayers in public to the ship’s crew every Sabbath day, and when I first saw him read, I was never so surprised in my life as when I saw the book talk to my master, for I thought it did, as I observed him to look upon it and move his lips. I wished it would do so with me.
As soon as my master had done reading, I followed him to the place where he put the book, being mightily delighted with it, and when nobody saw me, I opened it and put my ear down close upon it, in great hopes that it would say something to me; but I was very sorry and greatly disappointed when I found that it would not speak. This thought immediately presented itself to me, that everybody and everything despised me because I was black."
— This was found via laphamsquarterly
"Most any British urban explorer knows of the High Royds Insane Asylum. First opened in 1888, the site operated as psychiatric hospital for over a century until its final closure in 2003." More photos at Urban Ghosts
Unchanged since the 1950s, this amazing house, once the home of Liverpool’s most celebrated photographer, gives a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era.