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Some Things Don’t Have to To Change: University of Michigan Campus in 1965

August 19, 2013

Screen shot 2013-08-19 at 3.42.32 PMWith the approach of the new school year at the University of Michigan, Priceless Photo Preservation’s friendly hometown institution, we figured it’s a good time to take a step back in time.

In 1965, tuition at U-M’s Law School was only $240 a semester for instate students. And just a few months earlier, the school had held the nation’s first-known teach-in about the expanding Vietnam War. (Not to mention, about 500 miles away, one of PPP’s founding partners was just learning to toddle around in a 19th century New York City brownstone where Thomas Wolfe wrote “Look Homeward Angel.”)

But this isn’t one of those typical “isn’t it terrible how much has changed” blog posts.

In fact, just the opposite.


We recently converted this excerpt of an 8mm home movie for a client, who generously authorized us to share this with everyone out there in Internet-land. And what we found remarkable about this two-minute color sequence isn’t the differences between now and a time 48 years ago.

Watching this, we get a great sense of comfort about seeing how little has changed.


Hill Auditorium, The Clock Tower. The Diag.

Each campus feature gets its turn to show off during this sequence. And you’d be hard pressed to say they look any different in 2013 than they did in 1965.

As all of us grow older and watch things from our past disappear, that lack of change is reassuring.

Don’t you agree?

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