Real Photo Post Card: "Spring Festival, The Normal School, Oneonta, N.Y."

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Condition: Collectible-Near Fine (Near Fine)

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Original black-and-white photo postcard. No date, circa 1904-1922. 5 1/2" x 3 1/2." Title is printed at the bottom of the image. The style of "CYKO" stamp box on the back was used from 1904-1920s. Postcard is used but appears to have never been sent (no postmark or stamp). Postcard is virtually pristine and intact except for slight corner and edge wear and a few small spots of blue ink at the top edge of the image. A Near Fine copy. This postcard shows a spring festival outside the original Oneonta Normal School in Oneonta, New York. Normal schools are colleges that train students to be teachers. People are seated or standing on a lawn in front of the school's building called the "Old Main." Cars are parked out in the back. The Old Main was the school's only building until 1933 when the Bugbee School, a training facility, was built. The Oneonta Normal School was founded in 1889 and became one of the first colleges to become a State University of New York in 1948. Today, the Oneonta Normal School is known as the State University of New York at Oneonta, or SUNY Oneonta, which is now a liberal arts college. There is handwriting on the back in blue ink. The anonymous author of the correspondence writes to Mr. E. R. Proctor in New York City, "Dear Elliott: Just saw Mr. Geo. I. Wilber of the Wilber Bank, & said he had been in your place to lunch & saw you.--he is the biggest man in Oneonta." George I. Wilber (1845-1922) was a president of the Wilber National Bank in Oneonta and a director of the Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Railway.