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College for Women: 1944

College for Women: 1944

June 29, 1944. "Connecticut College for Women, New London. Palmer Library reading room." 5x7 safety negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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Duh. I thought I'd inspected every inch along the walls. I only saw the 2 outlets.


Look at the bookcase bases -- That's where you'll find the heat registers.

Everything old is new again

Add laptops and this photo could've been taken today. The lighting and furniture are stylish again.

Quite ecumenical

Note in the right foreground shelves the Catholic AND the Jewish encyclopedias.

For a view of the same space in 1923:

Nice library!


Ya gotta love a girl who crosses her legs ankle-to-knee. In a skirt.


I've been a loyal, unquestioning Shorpyite for at least two years. So I am having a lot of guilty feelings involved in questioning the date on this photo, but here goes:

The girls on the soft furniture appear to be from 1965 with short skirts and pedal pushers (or Bermuda shorts) and possibly even teeshirts (OMG). Their hair and eyeglasses further conflict a 1944 date stamp.

The girl on the wood chair looks much more appropriately dressed for a 1944 college girl.

I must be mistaken!

[Reading assignment: A few 1944 back issues of Seventeen. - Dave]

Honeycomb Hideout

It's interesting how the honeycombish pattern appears on the ceiling and on the large light fixtures. Are those heat registers? I don't know when forced air heating was introduced. I don't see any radiators, and it is Connecticut.

I dig those triangular tables.

College for Women and Male visitors!

In the far corner -- looks like a ring-in to me!

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