Some various images from the LIFE archives. First up are several shots from Bowdoin College in Maine. Above, 1952; below, 1957:
No date on these three Bowdoin shots. The one below looks like a good starting point for a Ralph Lauren Home collection inspired by a ’50s college dorm room:
Moving on, freshman class arriving at Cornell, 1960:
Freshman student from Hungary at Columbia, 1954, covering sports with pinned collar:
And finally, the classic combination of camel coat and football game. In this case, Wisconsin-Marquette, 1939.
And below are some noteworthy comments from when this post originally ran, which was around the time of Ivy Style’s first anniversary:
The charm, the innocence and faith in a better future. Its all there in those images. Perhaps its better if we don’t know what tomorrow brings and be pleased with today.
Sorry, when I see these pictures, I can’t help but think of the people who were willfully denied all of this privilege and happiness back in the “good ol days.
The last photo in the series — the young couple at the football game — is so wonderfully evocative and symbolic. In their blond innocence could they ever have imagined the horrific wars to come, the assasination of a US president and the resignation of another, the economic catastrophe not far short of the one they had already lived through.
As a great Stoic philosopher once pithily put it: “Opinion is everything.” — CC