Engineered Garments: MIT’s Class of ’56

Students in science and technology today aren’t exactly known for their style (then again, what students are?) But in 1956, MIT’s graduating class of 900 was better dressed than just about any random group of 900 people you could find anywhere today.

There are also some real characters in there. Perhaps you need the poster for your dorm wall? — CC

12 Comments on "Engineered Garments: MIT’s Class of ’56"

  1. By my count there are 5 women in the photo.

  2. I count 8 and really, cheers to them for being there. On a side note, I have to wonder out loud why I absolutely love all of these pictures. I am not particularly aware of a nostalgia for a time before I was born, but every time I see a pic from the first few decades of the 20th century I am completely facsinated. Keep those HARTMAX pics coming loving every moment of reading about them and looking at them.

  3. Oops… fascinated. Love the pictures, hate the typos.

  4. i like the “where’s waldo” guy in the plaid shirt in the front right.

  5. Sad to think that these dudes are all over the hiil now: 74-75 years old!

  6. Just received the proofs for my MIT son’s senior picture Class of 2010. Not much has changed. Good taste still prevails.

  7. I’ve actually had one of these guys for a couple classes in my masters program. Can’t spot him in this pic though.

  8. @ LAS. I counted eight women in the photographs. There are a couple more possibilities too. The big question is how many women applied in the 1950s. Even in the 1980s, my engineering classes had less than 5% women.

  9. Interestingly, I’ve encountered quite a few young women here at MSU in my Humanities courses, during the last four years, who are or have been some kind of engineering major. Not a huge number, but enough to notice. Sharp as tacks to a person, really on top of things, and very interesting in a classroom discussion setting.

    Best Regards,

  10. Whiteshirtman | July 3, 2019 at 9:03 am |

    All those white shirts!
    What a pleasant change!

  11. Madison Bailey | July 5, 2019 at 1:07 pm |

    @Whiteshirtman,
    My preference in dress shirt fabric is pretty simple: broadcloth, which is a medium-weight plain weave of cotton. As of this writing, all of my dress shirts are broadcloth. I have never encountered a situation that broadcloth didn’t handle gracefully. It’s light enough for warm weather, and robust enough in winter with an undershirt.
    Another thing I like about broadcloth is its balance of soft comfort and durability. Sliding on a fresh dress shirt in broadcloth cotton is like sliding into crisp bed sheets. It feels great on the skin and breathes beautifully. As for their durability, I don’t wear them daily in rotation and they’re all in impressively good shape.

  12. Madison Bailey | July 5, 2019 at 2:51 pm |

    Correction:
    I wear them daily in rotation

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