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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Syracuse Freshmen: 1908

Syracuse Freshmen: 1908

Syracuse freshmen on the rowing team sit around the dinner table on June 19, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Rockwellian

Doesn't this remind you of a Norman Rockwell painting, especially the old man on the left. The light is absolutely dreamy!

I look into their faces

This site is wonderful. Love the group photos -- I could sit here forever and look in their faces and wonder. Look how young they are, today (2010) they would be over 120 years old! Life is so short, may it be grand for all of us.

College Degrees

I once read somewhere that around the turn of the 20th century roughly 1 in every 100 Americans had a college degree. Definitely an example of social inequity, but at least it meant something back then. These days you get one for showing up and drinking for four years.

Luncheon

Does it remind anyone else of "Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Renoir? Something about the light, or...???

Lighting

The light in this photo is absolutely gorgeous. Do you think there was another set of windows behind the photographer?

[The photographer probably used a magnesium (powder) flash, which you can see reflected in the picture on the wall - Dave]

Strange to think that the

Strange to think that the old guy in the corner (coach?) probably fought in the Civil War.

ok

Glad to see a little beefcake to counteract all of the bathing beauties in recent days.

Wha?

I've done some googling of "nov shmoz ka pop". Although I've found some references to its origin, I have no idea how this is an example of "nv shmoz ka pop". For that matter, I don't really understand what "professional flatulation" has to do with this photo either.

In Poughkeepsie for the IRA Regatta

These freshman rowers were likely in "Po'keepsie" for the 1908 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta, which took place annually on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, New York, from 1895 to 1949. In 1908, the freshmen came in 2nd place behind Cornell.

Striking

The difference between these privileged young men and the young factory workers is striking. Even with the social inequality we have today, a poor child has a chance at a college education and nutritious meals.

Nov Shmoz ka Pop

I believe this is the clearest example of nov shmoz ka pop I've seen in over forty years of professional flatulation.

 
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