Throwback Thursday 1937

Pencilled on the back of this 5×7 photo is the date-1937. No other details or notes but that clue means this photograph of my father standing by a chalkboard, was taken in Champaign-Urbana, at the University of Illinois. Looks like his handwriting. I transcribed the handwriting as best I could, from a closeup crop. See below. I see most of the women are wearing hats.

How about the lamp?
I counted at least seven hats

What I can decipher.

Why are we in college?

1. Prepare to make money

2. “Get” an education

3. Sent by parents

4. Find a Life mate



What place will religion ____?____

in our college life ____________?

My father graduated in 1939 and went on to Yale Divinity School to become a minister in 1942.

8 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday 1937

    • I could read almost every word on that chalkboard. I was wondering if it was on a Sunday as all the women were wearing hats.

  1. Can you imagine wearing a full suit to class every day? And what would these people think to see how college kids dress these days….

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