Princeton, 1962: As “Take Ivy” As It Gets

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

15 Comments on "Princeton, 1962: As “Take Ivy” As It Gets"

  1. the Princeton crew footage is still up – they had to repost it with the audio removed due to copywrite issues.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/princetoncampuslife#p/u/1/sWOVC9mNgVc

  2. Many thanks. I’ll amend this and previous post.

  3. The guys actually cared about their education back then. Nowadays the partying is the top priority

  4. Before we start expecting a video of the actual 1965 Take Ivy shoot, I am pretty sure — from the paucity of information we have on it — the Take Ivy VHS was shots of Ivy League students on campus in the late 1970s/early 1980s. This was not exactly boom time for “classic Ivy” looks.

  5. Christian | July 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm |

    That doesn’t change the fact that tens of thousands of people are counting on you.

  6. OldSchool | July 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm |

    For those readers who, like me, might not have been able to view the embedded video, but just found a blank white space instead , here’s the direct YouTube link to the film:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz_htg5_phs&feature=related

    Oh, the days when a freshman wore a jacket and tie when he went to his advisor’s office!

  7. hi. i would like to see photos of prep school kids with plastered weejuns. do you happen to have any?

  8. Christian | July 23, 2010 at 8:02 am |

    What’s a plastered weejun, and what do you plan to do while looking at these photos?

  9. alright.. thanks anyway.

  10. WhatAboutTheOtherIvies | July 24, 2010 at 10:45 am |

    What is with the HYP fetish here at at AAAC?

  11. Wouldn’t that be the same Harvard-Yale-Princeton fetish that all of America seems to have?

  12. Thanks Christian, as a Princeton Man, I truly enjoyed this bit

    Always Bumby

  13. Christian | July 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm |

    You’re welcome, Bumbs.

  14. Jon O'Keefe | November 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm |

    Love wearing vintage Weejuns with crushed down backs so they slip off ,still put pennies in them,love buying and trading old ones.I wear a sz.13E and have 6 pairs,love them with white socks and jeans,they are so sexy,my # is 302-226-5505

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