Not only did the city used to construct light, airy, inspiring school houses a century ago, but they installed pretty sweet brass doorknobs, like this one.
I imagine having these in every hallway gave school buildings a little extra specialness, which fed school spirit and pride.
A pair might run you a couple hundred bucks, but they are enchanting. How many little kid hands touched this one over the years?
I wish I knew which school it came from—perhaps one of these two beauties, PS 177 formerly on Market and Monroe Streets or PS 103, once at 49 East 119th Street.
Both photos were shot in the 1920s, and both are part of the NYPL Digital Collection.