On stairs, dents, and photographs

| February 15, 2011

A few weeks ago, while walking down the stairs from the fourth floor of Russell Hall, I noticed something.  I hadn’t noticed it before, maybe because I don’t look down much while walking down stairs, although I probably should, given that I always seem to have my brain focused on my phone as I roam TC’s halls. As I walked, I began to notice slight rolled corners on random edges of steps and the way that my feet seemed to fall into the dents made by years of wear– dents made by people with the goals and hopes of doing something in the field of education.  Who were the people who climbed up and down these stairs, who walked the halls, rushed to classes, waited for elevators, and scarfed down a lunch to get to a meeting?  How many people helped to make these dents, literally and figuratively, at TC?

A Brief look at TC’s past…..

What a difference…Point me to Che Bella, please.

Waiting for the elevator, perhaps?

I’ve always wanted to sit on the steps to study.  Although the narrowness of the stairs probably wouldn’t make that the best idea.

Notice the old version of Educat on the bottom right.

These images are provided courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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