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Class Clowns: 1920

Class Clowns: 1920

June 3, 1920. New York. "Columbia University Class of 1909." Congrats to all you grads out there! 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.


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I recognize the balustrade that skirts the main campus, but having a hard time placing this exact building/location despite my Zaprudering. Any sharp-eyed Shorpies know which this is?

Back to the future

I thought the hula-hoop was invented in the 1950's. Shorpy corrects again.

[Those are rolling hoops. -tterrace]

Re: Senior Class

I had the same initial reaction that the clowns looked awfully old for 21-22 year-olds, However, the photo was taken in 1920, 11 years post-graduation of the class of 1909.

Where's the telephone booth

Might be a tight fit.

Varsity clowns

Being university types, they lack the terrifying edge of true clowns.


C'mon everybody. It's a conga line!

Senior Class

Unless we're mistakenly seeing the Clown College Faculty... why does the class of '09 look like a pack of 40-year-olds? Can't really claim this is youthful hijinks...

Shorpy never ceases to amaze!

If somebody had described this photo to me, I would have said ”No way”!

What's your major?

I had no idea that Columbia was a clown college. We do learn something new every day.

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