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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Campus Life: 1910

Campus Life: 1910

New Haven, Connecticut, circa 1910. "Students leaving Battell Chapel, Yale University." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Male friendship

It's nice to see that two men could walk down the street arm in arm and not get any "gay" comments. When did this country get so uptight about men touching each other?

No girls allowed

It was not until 1969 that Yale admitted undergraduate women as full time students. One hundred years before that, women grad students were allowed to take certain specified classes at Yale in the arts, etc., but it was only 43 yrs. ago that they were finally permitted to join the men as equal undergrads.

The Coed

All these men and only one woman walking down the street.

 
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