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Back to School with the Block U

When I moved to Utah from the midwest, I was surprised by the tradition of putting up large letters representing schools on hillsides! For the first day of school at the U, I thought I would showcase a series of photos of the Block U.

University Archives has a sequence of photos showing students working on the Block U.

The photo above is from the 1930s

I’m imagining that whitewashing the Block U was a traditional back to school activity for a period of time! You can get a sense of the group effort over time with additional photos from the 1950s and 1960s too! You can take a look at even more photos of this process in the digital collection from University Archives.

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