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Another Fine Mess: 1910

Another Fine Mess: 1910

West Point, New York, circa 1910. "The Academic Building -- cadets returning from mess." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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LEGUMES AGAIN!

I bet there was some form of beans on their plates.

+112

As far as Google Maps lets you get to the Academic Building today.

Re: Another Fine Mess

Before reading the caption, I started scanning the facade for a couple of guys trying to deliver a piano upstairs!

(And Re: "Are you chewing gum?", "Nuffin'")

Are you chewing gum?

I hope you brought enough for everyone.

Good guess Dbell. But this is the time Stan and Ollie were supposed to detour the cadets AROUND the wet cement and muddy streets.

The more things change

Sixty years later my husband wore an identical uniform, as a cadet at The Citadel (Class of '74). It's still hanging in the back of the guest room closet. Today's cadets wear it too.

Creepy

No not like that: the ivy, which actually isn't good for buildings -- its popular association with academia notwithstanding -- since the roots can enter and degrade the mortar. It's already run wild -- the Pershing Barracks were only ~15 years old here - and would get worse eventually ... but it's been removed now. As is proper: shouldn't the vegetation be as disciplined as the cadets ??

Bricks, barrels, and boards

Clearly some construction going on.

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