Before 1894, when Yale adopted its special shade of blue (hex triplet #0F4D92), its school color was green. Kind of like the freshmen pictured above at a welcoming ceremony, 1964.

Now that they’re bulldogs, it’s time to start looking the part. First, a college sweater (1959):

Then a proper jacket. Freshman getting a sermon on the virtues of a natural shoulder, 1964:

Now for some extracurriculars, like the Yale-Vassar bike race, 1952:

And the Whiffenpoofs party, 1953:

Four years go by fast. Cleaning out the dorm room, 1957:

Today: cap and gown. Tomorrow: gray suit and white shirt to help the CIA rid the world of communism: