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Homecoming 1927

1937 Homecoming poster

I thought you might enjoy the poster from the 1937 Homecoming weekend. It is quite a display of enthusiasm promising “Fun for All” and a “Stupendous! Amazing! Spectacle!” I particularly love the “Old Settler’s Picnic, Family Reunion, Fireman’s Frolic and Veteran’s Festival” description of Homecoming.  It seems a pretty fair description of the game we call Monon Bell.

Here is another image of a Wabash Homecoming from the past. This image is in honor of our freshmen who are busily working on their floats. As I understand it, this year’s float theme is tied to Wally Wabash. So for all of you who remember Wally as a jolly, chubby fellow with a ton of enthusiasm and perhaps very little tact, here is one from the files.

Don Cole’s Wally Wabash as a Homecoming float

And for the more refined taste, here is an image from an old issue of the Caveman…

Cover art October 1931

I love this image as it conveys the essence of Homecoming for most men. A chance to return to Old Wabash for a long chat with old friends. Whether you are traveling back or watching the game from a long distance, here’s hoping for a Wabash win!!!

 

All best,
Beth Swift
Archivist
Wabash College

 

Lights up!

Wabash College in the 1930s

In the last post I had a photograph of the football field at night with lights. An email question from Steve Hoffman, former QB and football history hound prompted me to take another look at that picture. In my last post I offhandedly said that the field ran parallel to the train tracks which slice through our south campus.  Not true, as the field, at that time, ran north and south as this campus aerial shows, or perpendicular. Thanks Steve for your clarifying question. In this photo we can clearly see the railroad tracks and the football field in the bottom right.

A little zoom on the image and we get this neat picture of the campus…

The gym still has its skylights which filled the place with daylight. The new drive is in place creating the Mall in front of the Chapel. No Goodrich Hall yet so that dates this photo to the early 30s. I love these old aerials and I hope you enjoy them too. They give us so much information about the campus as it was.

All best,
Beth Swift
Archivist
Wabash College