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The Culver Academies' Campus Scenes
1912 CMA Postcard

A 1912 postcard depicting winter at CMA

Watching the Culver Summer Naval Cutters

"Watching the Culver Summer Naval Cutters" postcard, 1910

Aubbeennaubbee Bay from Academy Grounds

"Aubbeennaubbee Bay from Academy Grounds," says this postcard from the 1905-1910 era

Park at Culver Military Academy

An early 1900s postcard depicting a "Park at Culver Military Academy."

Park at Culver Military Academy

From the same series as at left, a 1908 postcard also captioned, "Park at Culver Military Academy."

The Flagstaff

"The Flagstaff" at Culver Academy, a 1920s postcard.

Under the Shadow of the Flagstaff

"Under the Shadow of the Flagstaff" at CMA, circa 1908-1910.

A Pretty View

"A Pretty View," another of the wide-format (the width of two standard postcards) postcards in a series depicting the Academy campus. This picture depicts the "lagoon" formed by the canal that once cut through part of the campus in its early years, before being filled in in 1916 to give the campus more of its present look.

Lagoon and Main Barracks Postcard

Another wide postcard, undated as the last one and colorized, also depicting the lagoon and Main Barracks beyond.

Lagoon and Canals Postcard

The lagoon and canals of the southeastern shore of the CMA campus are again depicted in this 1908 postcard.

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Beautiful shot of the dedication ceremony for Logansport Gate in 1913. The gate was a gift from the grateful city of Logansport for the cutters and cadets the Academy sent to rescue victims of the terrible flood of that year. Read the whole story here. This photo was loaned the library by Verl Shaffer.

Nickel Plate Exchange at Hibbard

The Nickel Plate railroad's exchange at Hibbard had its own marked area for CMA students to change trains and come to Culver during the early 1900s. This photo was loaned the library by Verl Shaffer.

Academy Grounds - 1898

The Academy grounds in 1898, very early in the school's existence, and during the days of the "canals" near the lakeshore.

View from Riding Hall Tower

"View from Riding Hall Tower," a 1919 postcard presumably refers to the "new" riding hall (the present one) that was built in 1915, and so was then looking out over today's parade grounds towards Aubbeennaubbee Bay.

CMA Football Pass

A Culver Military Academy football pass on the field in front of Lake Maxinkuckee, as photographed in the 1950s by William Taber and supplied the library by Edna Taber.

Football Tackle

A tackle is under way at a Culver Military Academy football game on the field in front of Lake Maxinkuckee, as photographed in the 1950s by William Taber and supplied the library by Edna Taber.

Aubbeenaubbee Bay

Aubbeenaubbee Bay from a distance, an undated postcard from the Mike Shesky collection. The photo is probably taken from the East Shore area.

Academy Aerial Photo 01 Academy Aerial Photo 02 Academy Aerial Photo 03 Academy Aerial Photo 04

Four aerial photos of the Culver Academy taken in 1976. Left to right: the northeast end of campus, focusing on the football field and riding hall; the east end of campus, primarily the riding hall and armory; the east end of campus and Aubbeenaubbee Bay; Eppley auditorium and the west end of campus.

Culver Academy Main Barracks and lagoon, Stahl family photo

 

Main Barracks is visible behind the pre-1916 "lagoon" that once sat between Lake Maxinkuckee and the Culver Academy's buildings in Aubbeenaubbee Bay. This photo comes from the Stahl family collection.

 

Stahl family at Culver Academy canon early 1900s

Members of the Stahl family -- from whose collection comes this photo -- pose around the canon at the base of the flag-pole on the Culver Academy campus, circa 1900-1915.

New Academy Road article Culver Citizen

A June 11, 1919 article from the Culver Citizen reporting the construction of a new “academy road” starting at the top of Bunker Hill and extending 5500 feet to a point north of the horse barn. Bunker Hill was the hill that bordered the Vandalia railroad to the north, in the area between the town park and the Academy campus (Papa’s pizza, for example, sits on the crest of Bunker Hill today). Allegedly, the tern “Bunker” was applied to the hill as there were in fact bunkers dug into the hill containing materials for use by the railroad. Thus, the portion of road described here is today’s Academy road from its intersection with Lake Shore Drive, to the horse barn. The western stretch of Academy Road was not added until later.

1947 Calendar 51

The Culver Academy band a-caroling on campus at Christmastime, circa 1946. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

1947 Calendar 07

Ice skaters on Lake Maxinkuckee, when the lake was the primary skating spot each winter for cadets at Culver Academy. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

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"Day of Reckoning..." testing at Culver Miliatary Academy, circa 1946. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

1947 Calendar Cover

This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

Marching, Summer Naval School

"Marching, Summer Naval School," says this undated, colorized postcard.

A Diving Contest

A Diving Contest at Culver Academy is shown in this 1920s postcard.

North Pole Sign

Winter, 1976: apparently the work of a wag, this altered sign reflects the snowiness and cold of that winter.

The Swimming Pier

"The Swimming Pier," part of the aforementioned 1937 CMA postcard from Ted Schenberg's collection.

Cadets on Parade

"Cadets on Parade," part of the aforementioned 1937 CMA postcard from Ted Schenberg's collection.

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This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

Burned Boathouse

This and the two shots prior: Louis Rehr, `38, at CMA. Above, standing in front of the ruins of the boat-house after a fire. Courtesy Louis and Carleton Rehr.

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Courtesy Louis and Carleton Rehr.

A Windy Day at Maxinkuckee Pier

"A Windy Day at Maxinkuckee Pier," reads the caption on this photo of young Martha Payson taken by her father, CMA Band Director Col. Edward Payson, on campus. Photo courtesy Martha Payson Ryman.

Louis Rehr Photo 05

Mr. Rehr took a number of beautiful photographs of the Culver campus during his time as a cadet there, which ended at his graduation in 1938. The following photos, kindly provided by Louis Rehr and his wife Carleton, are a sampling of his work. Click here to read more about Mr. Rehr, his book, and his visit to the library in September, 2005.

Exercise at CMA

1909 postcard depicting an "Exercise at CMA."

Retreat at CMA

"Retreat at CMA," a 1910 postcard.

Cadet Diving from Trapeze

"Cadet Diving from Trapeze," an unusual image gracing this 1907 postcard. Thanks to Jim Croy for the use of this postcard.

1937 Christmas Postcard

A 1937 postcard relaying a message, presumably to Culver from Ohio State, for Christmas.

In Camp

"In Camp -- Culver Military Academy." The 1906 date on this postcard indicates that the "camp" in question predates the 1912 opening of the Woodcraft Camp.

Aubbeenaubbee Bay from Academy Grounds

"Aubbeenaubbee Bay from Academy Grounds," a postcard from 1906

An Aeroplane View

"An Aeroplane View" of CMA, part of the aforementioned 1937 CMA postcard from Ted Schenberg's collection

CMA Artist's Rendition - 1898

An artist's rendition of the Academies' campus in 1898.

Lover's Lane Near the Academy

This photo, captioned, "Lover's Lane Near the Academy," appeared in the 1898 Culver City Herald Souvenir Edition, but bears suspicious resemblance to this photo, which appeared in a 1905 Maxinkuckee Art Annual and was captioned, "A Beautiful Forest Path on the East Shore." Anyone knowing the exact whereabouts is encouraged to contact us. It does not, however, seem to have any relation to this 1923 postcard image, which also calls itself "Lover's Lane."

Logansport Gate Postcard

A beautiful, colorized postcard of Loganspot Gate, undated.

Woodcraft Camp Entrance

The entrance to Woodcraft Camp where it once existed on the same side of SR 117 (which then did not exist) as the main Academy campus.

Naval School Pier Postcard

An undated, colorized postcard showing the Naval School Pier, courtesy Peter Trone.

H.H. Culver Homestead

The H.H. Culver homestead house looks in this late 1800s photo, much as it does today. The wagon road depicted in the picture at left can be seen, just a few yards south of where it appears in the left photo. From Bob Hartman's archives at Culver Academy.

H.H. Culver and Family

H.H. Culver and his family, posed atop what is believed to be an Indian mound on the homestead property, an area that appears today much as it did then. From Bob Hartman's archives at Culver Academy.

Little Nichols Baseball Team

An 1895 photo shows the "Little Nichols" baseball team visiting the H.H. Culver homestead. The house is visible in the background, and the walkway leading down to the lake is also still present today. Visible also are the famous whale's jawbones that marked the entrance to the walkway for many years, part of early Culver lore. From Bob Hartman's archives at Culver Academy.

H.H. Culver Homestead Barn

A view of the original H.H. Culver homestead barn, which burned in 1909. The site is visible today by looking across SR 117 to the golf course, from the homestead property. From Bob Hartman's archives at Culver Academy.

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On the parade grounds, black horses in tow, in the early 1900s. This photo was loaned the library by Verl Shaffer.

On the Swimming Pier

"On the Swimming Pier," including a beautiful shot of one of the steamboats on the lake in the background.

Part of a collection of postcard images of Culver Academy copyrighted 1913, generously loaned the library by Martha Payson Ryman.

CMA Campus - 1917

The CMA campus in 1917, courtesy Peter Trone.

Spar Bridge at CMA

"Spar Bridge at CMA," a 1908 postcard.

Lagoon - Early 1900s

Another view, also from the very early 1900s, of the lagoon that was filled in in 1916.

Homecoming Grid Battle

A Culver Citizen ad from 1938 showcasing Culver Military Academy's football team's "homecoming grid battle."

Academy Power Plant

An early photo of the Academy's power plant, once located where the Music and Arts building is today.

Walk to the Inn

The walk to the Maxinkuckee Inn, a postcard probably photographed in the 1950s. The same walk exists today on the campus of Culver Academy and runs alongside the Huffington Library. This shot faces southwest.

Yarnell Boat Sinks 1979

August of 1979 brought an end to an era as this article from the Culver Citizen shows: it was then that the replica destroyer ship the Admiral Yarnell, which had sailed the waters of Lake Maxinkuckee courtesy the Culver Academies for years, sank. The photo in the article shows the top of the sunken vessel just visible above the water line.

Culver Academy lagoon early 20th century

This photo of the Culver Academy campus comes from the Stahl family collection and was taken prior to 1916, when the "lagoon" visible in this photo was removed from the Culver campus.

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"Pomp and Circumstance," a photo of a CMA band member. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

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Members of the Culver Academies' band, circa 1946. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

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During the days when Lake Maxinkuckee was the primary surface for ice skaters, Culver Academy students "suited up" for skating in this small wooden shelter at lakeside. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

1947 Calendar 41

"Back, Back to Culver Days," is the caption on this circa 1946-47 photo of alumni weekend on Culver Academy's campus. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

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When football was played on the field just south of the riding hall, circa 1946. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

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A circa 1946 football game at Culver Military Academy. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

1947 Calendar 25

"And June was there once more": commencement exercises at Culver Academy circa 1946. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

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Summer Naval School students at march, circa 1946. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

1947 Calendar 40

Lake Maxinkuckee and Aubbeenaubbee Bay are visible in the background of this photo of Culver Academy students at play on the then-football field, circa 1946. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

1947 Calendar 14

"I Saw Those Towers Lofty..." a circa 1946 photo of Main Barracks. This photo comes from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, longtime CMA band director Col. Edward Payson, shot a number of photos for the 1947 "Culver Calendar," of which this is one.

Louis Rehr Photo 01

Courtesy Louis and Carleton Rehr.

Louis Rehr Photo 02

Courtesy Louis and Carleton Rehr.

Louis Rehr Photo 03 - Graduation

Graduation! Courtesy Louis and Carleton Rehr.

Football Pass

A Culver Military Academy football pass on the field in front of Lake Maxinkuckee, as photographed in the 1950s by William Taber and supplied the library by Edna Taber.

Football Tackle

A tackle is under way at a Culver Military Academy football game on the field in front of Lake Maxinkuckee, as photographed in the 1950s by William Taber and supplied the library by Edna Taber.

1947 Football Photo

1947 photo of George Steinbrenner and John Beardsley in a football game, before the days of the formal football field and track that now sits on campus at the intersection of SRs 117 and 10.

Football Scoreboard

A 1930s photo of the Culver Academy's football scoreboard, on loan from Martha Payson Ryman, whose father, Col. Edward Payson, took the photo.

Parades at Culver

"Parades at Culver," a 1950s postcard, courtesy Peter Trone.

Parades at Culver

"Parades at Culver," a 1950s postcard depicting the "84-piece drum and bugle corps," courtesy Peter Trone.