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The Time Capsule Discovered
In October of 1949, the leadership and students of the brand-new Lincoln High "buried" a time capsule behind the 1948 cornerstone at the main entrance to the building on the left of the main doors.
The capsule contained various coins dated from 1940 to 1949, including an Indian Head nickel and two Mercury Head dimes minted in silver. It also included a pin-up girl calendar with the date of 10/18/49 circled, various notes from the Board of Education and contractors who erected the building, a Philadelphia School District-embossed pencil, a set of Rosary beads, a small Bible, a small 48-star American flag, various validated postage stamps from that time, and the construction bid book with all of the building specifications, including individual tradesmen hourly pay rates.
In June 24 of 2010, the time capsule was finally opened in the library of the new school building with former Lincoln Principal Dr. Donald Anticoli presiding. Also present for the ceremony were LHS Alumni Board members, various school staff, and Mr. Tom Waring of the Northeast Times.
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A Reminiscence from Dave Nisula, June '54
I cannot say I was THE first to walk the ramps, but I was among that group of students that entered Lincoln for the beginning of the spring term in January/February, 1950 -- the day the school first opened.
I was starting grade 8B that day and graduated in 1954. We eighth graders were in absolute awe of the ramps.
The school was not even complete at that time as there were hallways that were blocked off with construction barriers.
While I have no photos of kids on the ramps that day, I am enclosing some pix of the kids in my class which I marvel at from time to time -- were we really that young??
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Thanks for sharing, Dave.
Ode To The Ramps
A celebration of the ramps we trod ....
(Many more LHS pics are available through purchase of our photo CD -- for ordering info, click here.)
Joe Nonemaker, '57, claims he was the last Lincolnite on the ramps, and Joe has presented a challenge:
Who was the FIRST Lincolnite on the ramps?
If you know, or think you can lay claim to that distinct honor, tell Joe about it by e-mailing him here.
May 2011 Update
We think we have found a winner!
“You asked who was the first Lincolnite on the ramps? I believe I might qualify.
“My family lived on Ryan Ave - just across Rowland from Lincoln.
“My grandfather was one of the night-watchmen (normally 4pm - 12 midnight) during construction of the school. I often went with my grandmother when she would take a meal/refreshments to my grandfather.
“We would walk through the partially finished school with my grandfather. I used to run up and down the ramps while they talked and walked.
“I was on the ramps way before the school opened...and way before I went to Lincoln in 1957.”
Bob Johnson, June ‘62
February 2011 Update
We have had two other people check in and claim to be among the first to be on the ramps: Noel Faddis and Scott Fletcher.
Altho Bob Johnson has probably beaten anyone as the first to roam those ramps, Noel shares this reminiscence:
“I won't claim to be the first on the ramps, but as a member of the first freshman class when Lincoln opened, I must have been close.
“Our class was the first freshman class to graduate in June, 1953.
“As a senior, our football team won the Public League championship, but lost to North Catholic in the City Championship before 40,000+ at Franklin Field.
Our basketball team, known as the Monsters from Mayfair, went undefeated, 19-0, and played Overbrook for the Public League Championship before a sellout crowd at the Palestra, but a soph for Overbrook by the name of Wilt Chamberlain was too much for us to handle.
Regards to all,
Noel Faddis, June ‘53
April 2010 Update
Bruce Veith, Class of '55, drew the "Farewell" page below, which first appeared in the Class of '55 Yearbook.