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Back to school
Yes, it’s that time of the year- for nursery school children and post-grad university students alike, along with all of us that teach and support the learning process. To commemorate the Back to School season, the Library wishes good studies (bonnes études!) with a few selections from the Archives in the Portland Room.
Getting on the bus begins the journey! This was taken in 1955.
“Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance!” Shopping for school supplies at Grant’s Department Store, downtown Portland, in 1958.
Pupils’ desks being readied for the new school year. Photo taken in 1958.
Portland High School students in their scholastic finery, in 1956.
On the steps at Portland High School- in more casual fashion. This was taken in 1956.
North School children at work! This was taken in September 1974, at the Munjoy Hill school.