While doing image research this morning I came across the fantastic photo above. When I investigated the source, it turned out to be a Tumblr site called The Black Ivy League Look.
We’ve posted some historic images of students before, bunkered down with books or huddled together the way Robin Williams gathers them in “Dead Poets Society” (the post “Alger Hiss at Princeton” comes to mind). But I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything this intimate before. It looks like a girls slumber party. The photo is densely packed and yet there’s an air of silence. The details are fascinating: there’s the guy in the left foreground lying supine, and the guy next to him looking so cool with his sunglasses on indoors, paired with desert boots and jeans.
The Tumblr site itself appears to have been created in April and only worked on for a few days. There aren’t a lot of posts, some of it is gathered from here and other popular sources (such as FE Castleberry’s excellent photo shoot “The Black Ivy“), but it’s a great idea to start collecting such images in one place and I encourage the site’s creator to continue it. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD