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Where was this photo taken?

December 6th, 2013 · 8 Comments · History, Photographs, Vintage Hawaii

Here’s another goody–an old photo of a night blooming Cereus somewhere in Honolulu. Where was it taken?

It’s from a small box of color photographic images on small glass plate. They were in an old box containing more materials from Professor Carey D. Miller at the University of Hawaii. My mother had been her student, worked for her over several years after graduation from UH, and was a lifelong friend.

Miller arrived at UH in the early 1920s. The date of the image is unknown. I’m guessing it was perhaps from the 1930s, but that’s just a guess.

I was able to scan the image with at least partial success. But to make this more complicated, the image could be reversed. I didn’t know which side of the glass slide should be “up” when making the scans, so you’ll have to take that into account when matching it with known locations/buildings.

The question: Where is this? There are highly visible plants that bloom on the walls around the Punahou campus. Is that a Punahou building that can be seen in the background?

Leave your educated guesses below.

Where are we?

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