This undated postcard of Whig or Clio (“the two literary societies”) bears witness to the tradition of the Big Three bonfire on Cannon Green to celebrate athletic triumphs. The author anticipated an upcoming September bonfire in honor of a past June baseball victory.
Which year? It’s hard to say. Princeton played Yale at Commencement from the 1890s through the 1960s and beat both Harvard and Yale many times during those years. But it must have been before 1952, because the stamp box says “Domestic: One cent” and 1951 was the last year a postcard cost a penny to mail.
Princeton football plays Harvard this Saturday, October 25, in a home game at Princeton stadium, then later takes on Yale in New Haven on Saturday, November 15.
Photo: Historical Postcard Collection