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July 4, 2020

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ONU student body, faculty in 1909


If you took this photo today it would probably have to be taken in the football stadium. Here's a photo of the Ohio Northern University students, faculty and staff from 1909. The photo brings to mind several questions:

• How long did it take to pose the shot?
• How long did everyone have to stand perfectly still?
• What type of scaffold was used by the photographer (it was a rather large camera)
• Without a microphone, how did the photographer grab everyone's attention.

This photo represents an event that in 1909 took a lot of planning - and chances are the photographer had one shot. (From the collection of Leland Crouse)