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The Culver Academies: Military Activities
1916 Postcard

1916 Postcard of Culver Troop in formation

Mess Formation

Mess formation (?) at CMA, probably WWII era, a postcard

1908 Postcard

1908 postcard of CMA horse riders

Cavalry Drill at Culver Military Academy

"Cavalry Drill at Culver Military Academy" postcard, 1909

Culver Cadets at Monterey, Ind.

"Culver Cadets at Monterey, Ind.," an unusual 1909 postcard. No mention is made of exactly why the cadets were riding through Monterey

Culver Military Academy Drill

"Culver Military Academy Drill," a 1909 postcard

CMA Cadets, Company B

"CMA Cadets, Company B," another colorized, undated postcard

Artillery Drill 01

An early 1900s artillery drill at CMA, depicted on this unusually designed postcard.

Artillery Drill 02

This postcard, dated 1906 in pencil on the front, also depicts an artillery drill at CMA.

Battalion Parade

The canal is visible to the left as well in this 1906 postcard depicting a Battalion Parade.

Cavalry Troop

Cavalry Troop depicted in this undated, colorized postcard.

CMA Bridge Building

CMA Bridge Building, an undated postcard.

CMA Bridge Building Postcard

Another postcard depicting CMA bridge building activities; does anyone have a guess as to the location of this bridge, which seems to be close to the lakeshore at some point.

Sham Battle

"Sham Battle," one of many vintage postcards of Culver (this one provided us by Jim Croy) showing how much more "military" was the training in Culver's earlier years than it is today.

Cadet at Logansport Gate

Early photo of a CMA cadet at Logansport Gate.

Cadets at Indian Statue

Another early photo, this one of cadets gathered around a longtime campus landmark, the Indian statue near the lakeshore.

Officers of the Military Staff

"Officers of the Military Staff."

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

Battalion Review, Gymnasium in Background

"Battalion Review, Gymnasium in Background."

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

Battery of Field Artillery

"Battery of Field Artillery."

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

Forming for Class

"Forming for Class."

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

Military Training Makes Good Athletes

"Military Training Makes Good Athletes."

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

The Trumpeter

"The Trumpeter."

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

Artillery on Parade

Artillery on the parade field in the early 1900s. This photo was loaned the library by Verl Shaffer.

Summer School Students

Summer School students in front of the old Riding Hall in this undated photo from the early 1900s. This photo was loaned the library by Verl Shaffer.

Ten Man Pyramid at the Trot

"Ten Man Pyramid at the Trot," an example of some of the early riding stunts once performed at CMA.

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

1947 Calendar 33 Final Assault Course

"Final Assault Course," an undated CMA postcard from Ted Schenberg's collection.

Culver Military Drill

"Culver Military Drill" reads the caption on this undated postcard showing cadets on the parade field

Exercise at CMA 01

"Exercise at CMA," a 1908 postcard; the building in the background appears to be the Infirmary.

Exercise at CMA 02

Another 1908 postcard depicting an "Exercise at CMA." Both of these cards have the embossed Culver "seal" in the upper right corner, as many series of CMA postcards did.

Exercise at CMA 03

As with the last two, this 1909 postcard is captioned "Exercise at CMA."

Heavy Artillery

An undated, colorized postcard reads, "Heavy Artillery," evoking days when Culver was much more the "military" school than it officially is today.

Retreat at CMA

"Retreat at CMA," a 1910 postcard.

Y.M.C.A. Building

This 1914 postcard shows the Y.M.C.A. Building on campus. According to Bob Hartman's book, "Pass in Review," the Culver chapter of the YMCA was started between 1900-1910 and after 1911 was located in the basement of the mess hall.

Battery in Action

"Battery in Action," part of the aforementioned 1937 CMA postcard from Ted Schenberg's collection.

A Review

"A Review," an early 20th century postcard, undated. Thanks to Jim Croy for the use of this postcard

Artillery

"Artillery," a beautiful 1965 postcard shot on the parade grounds. Thanks to Jim Croy for the use of this postcard.

CMA Bridge Building Postcard

An undated postcard, "Bridge Building," probably pre-1920. Thanks to Jim Croy for the use of this postcard

Pontoon Bridge Building

"Pontoon Bridge Building," one of many "bridge building" postcards of CMA's early days. This one, provided by Jim Croy, has no date

Members of the Rifle Team

"Members of the Rifle Team. On the right, Frederick Kasten Jr. Winner of State of Indiana Rifle Match." Part of a collection of postcard images of Culver Academy copyrighted 1913, generously loaned the library by Martha Payson Ryman

Building a Span Bridge

"Building a Span Bridge. Time: 3 minutes 28 seconds. Length: 28 feet."

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

Cadets Marching to Mess

"Cadets Marching to Mess."

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

Camp Cooking

"Camp Cooking."

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

CMA tropps at March 01

An early 1900s photo of CMA troops at march on a dirt road in an unidentified rural area. This photo was loaned the library by Verl Shaffer.

MA tropps at March 02

An early 1900s shot of cadets camping in portable tents, perhaps part of the march in the previous picture. This photo was loaned the library by Verl Shaffer.

Lining Up Outside Barracks

Lining up outside the barracks, early 1900s. This photo was loaned the library by Verl Shaffer.

Artillery on Parade

Artillery on the parade field in the early 1900s. This photo was loaned the library by Verl Shaffer.

Band at Practice

The band at practice, early 1900s. This photo was loaned the library by Verl Shaffer.

Drill and Athletic Field, Lake Maxinkuckee in Background

"Drill and Athletic Field, Lake Maxinkuckee in Background."

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

Black Horse Troop, Personal Escort to the Vice President of the United States, March 4, 1913.

"Black Horse Troop, Personal Escort to the Vice President of the United States, March 4, 1913."

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

Battery

Another of Peter Trone's postcards, this one from the 1950s depicting "Battery" on the parade field.

Resting in the March at CMA

"Resting in the March at CMA," another pre-1910 postcard resembling the photographic layout of several previous Culver cards.