The Batch of Report Cards

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Paul Lukas, best known as the man behind Uni Watch, discusses his recent Slate series, research into a batch of 1920s and 30s report cards from a Manhattan trade school for girls.


Paul Lukas

Comments [11]

brigette from east village

I have thousands of report cards from early 1900's in LES and East Village.
Let me know if you would like me to check for anyone in your family. Begins with 1903 .


Nov. 28 2011 09:09 PM
Cynthia S LaValle from Patchogue, NY

My great grandfather built the MANHATTAN TRADE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS (now The New Manhattan High School Collaborative)
127 East 22nd Street
Architect: C.B.J. Snyder

He was the Superintendant of NYC School Buildings from 1892 - 1923. During his tenure he and his team designed and built 400+ school buildings or additions to existing school buildings. Over 200 are in existence and in use as schools today. This school differed from others in that it was his only 9 story building. It is still in use as a high school today.

Sep. 28 2011 03:31 AM
John Steinmetz from New York, NY

I am a graduate of the former High School of Performing Arts, working on a documentary of the history of the school: “ON 46th STREET”. It was the vision of Principle Franklin J. Keller and had an unexpected extraordinary high success rate. Practically every student succeeded in his or her endeavor, since ‘discipline’ was a primary behavior taught. It was an outgrowth of the Metropolitan Vocational High School, which had a similar program.

The documentary exemplifies the ingredients for such an educational endeavor.

Sep. 27 2011 12:17 PM
John A.

Not of interest to many, but your guest brought up the "How are we going to read the old data" topic. President Obama's speech yesterday was given from where? The Computer History Museum. There are at least 30 public and private museums in the US dedicated to doing this, being able to read old data.

Sep. 27 2011 12:04 PM
Michael Antonoff from Manhattan

If an iPod full of music, photos and video was found in working order 50 years from now, of course it could continue to entertain you. What Lukas should have questioned is whether those media files would still be compatible with anything beyond that legacy device.

Sep. 27 2011 12:04 PM
RJ from prospect hts

I wonder if the guest has attempted to connect the report cards to the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire?

Sep. 27 2011 12:01 PM
Bob Wilson

When renovating my 1852 brownstone in Boreum Hill I found the help wanted ads for domestics. Each ad had the footnote: "Irish Need Not Apply".

Sep. 27 2011 11:56 AM
tory price from bushwick

In a ledger in an abandoned house in Charleston SC, we found an entry dated on the day of secession, April 12 1861 that read "trouble with the old government." An interesting comment that had no comprehension of the events to come!

Sep. 27 2011 11:54 AM
lynn from jersey city

I discovered that handwriting were much better back then.

Sep. 27 2011 11:53 AM
peter from Long Island City

I found an old cassette tape in the bottom of an old upright swing drawer filing cabinet that came from....

It was a tape of Gerry Adams giving a speach in Novemeber of 1986.

Great find!

Sep. 27 2011 11:51 AM

Brian...with respect: you didn't mean "a pig in a poke" (which is generally "buying something unseen") you meant "a shot in the dark"...not knowing what you're going to hit/get.

Sep. 27 2011 11:50 AM

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