Student Body: First Coeds at Princeton

In 1969 the old-boy network at America’s most stylish university was broken with the admission of female students.

The fellow above is clearly pleased with the change. Not only in the student body (and what a body it is), but with campus fashion. Sartorially speaking, the pivotal year of change — 1967 — was two years before, and the up-to-date undergrad is now sporting double vents and sideburns. You decide which is the greater travesty.

My grandpa would call this one “cuter than a bug’s ear.” And she’s got a sense of humor, too: The button reads, “Bring back the old Princeton”:

Another example of the decline in standards of male dress — and hygiene:

Out of the darkness and into the light. Next up: coed dorms:

Now that summer’s over, we’ll continue to post some back-to-school themed photos from the Life archives. That is, if there’s anything left: Like petroleum, they give the illusion of being an infinite resource. — CC

10 Comments on "Student Body: First Coeds at Princeton"

  1. Ah, the trusty Dutch bicycle enters Mathey Courtyard

  2. Third picture rather looks current. The decline and fal…

  3. Good stuff … I featured these pics on my blog about a week ago (http://disaffectedprep.blogspot.com/2009/08/lets-hear-it-for-girls-princeton-in-69.html). Glad to see they’re getting a bit of a wider readership.

    Been a fan of Ivy Style for awhile. If you swing by my site (just started it a month ago) I have some pics of Bowdoin in the 80s and 50s that you might like in addition to other posts.

  4. Laguna Beach Trad | September 10, 2009 at 4:00 pm |

    I like the first photo best. The look on the boy’s face in that photo is absolutely priceless, while the young woman has a gorgeous figure. What about her face? It must be attractive, hence the silly look on the bewhiskered beta’s face.

  5. Langdale, While that does resemble the archway in Cram’s Campbell Hall, the tigress is actually going west out of the Pyne Courtyard.

  6. mjjcs,

    Many thanks. I was just in Pton this weekend, and you are quite right. Alas, I was not fortunate enough to live in Mathey. Speaking of Cram, I have been reading his Walled Towns (1919). Great read, if a bit wacky in his historiography…

    P. Langdale Hough

  7. Glad to be of service, Langdale. Note the pin the second coed is wearing, “Bring back the old Princeton.” More than half the irony comes from the fact that she probably was being only half-ironic. Many of those whose arrival changed an institution felt no shortage of nostalgia for their daddy’s Princeton.

  8. I’ve got a pop paperback from the 30s, a novel set at Princeton. Free to anyone who wants this piece of Tiger memorabilia. I was going to do a post on it, but the book was unreadable. Still, a few nice illustrations.

  9. great bit about the petrol, also i’ll take the book, however i do live in london

  10. Well you’re going to cover the shipping, so that doesn’t matter, but I’d like the book to go to a Princeton alum. Did you go there?

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