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Lens on History: A picture with many questions

August 22, 2018

This column always begins with a photograph, in this case a photograph found at a garage sale. The photo isn’t in good condition; but it still exists and that’s cool. What about the subject matter you ask? Why were these young people gathered together on a 1933 Plymouth? I have no idea.

The only thing I know for certain is that they are in front of the Coffman Building.

The Coffman Building was built in 1910 along Second Street Southwest as Rochester High School. It later morphed into the Rochester Junior College. In 1942, the gymnasium was used to house the cadets from the glider training school at the Rochester Airport.

In 1983, the Coffman was razed because, just like today, it was old and in the way.

And what about the photo? Somewhere there’s a story; this one may be wrapped in a mystery, but cool is always cool.

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