Until somebody finds the official “Take Ivy” video (our man in Tokyo is working on it), this may be the closest thing to surface so far.
For the past couple of months I’ve been subscribed to the Princeton Campus Life YouTube channel. Most of the archival footage has been recent or early twentieth century. Then the other day I noticed something closer to the heyday: the crew video from 1948-50. So I skimmed through the channel’s videos again and found an absolute gem: a 25-minute, professionally shot (and scripted) orientation film from 1962.
It’s all here: “Princeton” haircuts, stretched-out shetland sweaters, white socks and no-break trousers, natural-shouldered jackets, collar rolls and ties askew, bow-tied professors, pipe-smoking in the classroom, touch football on the lawn, bicycling across campus, and khakis as far as the eye can see, all from the school most credited with setting the styles of the Ivy League Look. — CC