Category Archives: Throwback Thursday

#ThrowbackThursday: A Seismic Blast from the Past

(PAW Archives, Feb. 26, 1960)

(PAW Archives, Feb. 26, 1960)

“There was once a day that the geological hammer, a pair of stout legs and a keen eye were all that a geologist really needed for his research,” professor Sheldon Judson ’40 wrote in the Feb. 26, 1960, issue of PAW. But by the 1960s, the mantra of “have hammer, will travel” had given way to a new set of instruments, including the seismic truck, right, used to measure the effects of experimental explosions, left.

Judson’s story traced the history of the geosciences at Princeton, beginning with the arrival of Professor Arnold Guyot in 1854, and did not give much attention to the accompanying photos from departmental field work. If any readers recall the seismic truck or can provide details about its research, please use the comment box below.

#ThrowbackThursday: Aerial Views of Princeton, 1967

From 1958 to 1968, Princeton added an astonishing 2.7 million square feet of building space to the campus — increasing the physical plant by 70 percent in the most significant expansion in the University’s history, according to the 2008 Princeton Campus Plan. PAW showcased parts of the construction boom, as captured by photographer Robert Matthews, in a January 1967 photo essay titled “Aerial Princeton.”

Gifts from a $53 million capital campaign funded parts of the growing campus, and Cold War-era funding for scientific research played a prominent role as well. Click the images in the gallery below for a closer look at the additions, which included Robertson Hall, Jadwin Gymnasium, the E-Quad, and New South.

#ThrowbackThursday: Freshmen in Service, 1992

(PAW Archives, Oct. 14, 1992)

(PAW Archives, Oct. 14, 1992)

Tricia Cortez ’96, left, and Leonard Marquez ’96 were among the Princeton freshmen who worked to rehabilitate homes in Trenton during the week before orientation in 1992. They were part of the University’s Urban Action initiative, now known as Community Action. Last year, the program drew 202 participants from the Class of 2017, and this fall, it expects an additional boost, thanks to the University’s increasing support for civic-engagement, highlighted in the July 9 issue of PAW.


#ThrowbackThursday: Bill Clarke and the Nassau Nine

(PAW Archives, June 11, 1937)

(PAW Archives, June 11, 1937)

As major league baseball completes its annual All-Star break, PAW takes a brief look at Princeton’s rich baseball history, which dates back to the team’s first game in 1860. The Nassau Nine traveled to Orange, N.J., to play the local baseball club, and the game ended in a tie — 42-42 — after darkness made it impossible to continue playing.

The photo above shows Bill Clarke, left, the longtime Tiger coach and namesake of Clarke Field, in 1937 with assistant coach Amos Eno ’32, center, and captain Dean Hill Jr. ’37. Clarke coached nearly 900 games at the University and won 564 of them — a record that still stands. He also sent 15 former players to the major leagues.

In June, two graduating Tigers were drafted by major-league teams — pitcher Michael Fagan ’14 and outfielder Alec Keller ’14 — and three alumni have played in the big leagues this season. Chris Young ’02 has been a valuable starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. Will Venable ’05 is an everyday outfielder for the San Diego Padres. David Hale ’11, who made his big-league debut last September, is vying to return to the Atlanta Braves’ starting rotation. (A fourth major-leaguer, Ross Ohlendorf ’05, suffered an injury in spring training and has been working to rejoin the Washington Nationals.)

In all, 26 Princetonians have played in the majors, but only one has appeared in the All-Star Game: Young, who pitched an inning in relief for the National League in 2007.

#ThrowbackThursday: A Lakeside Perch, 1961


PAW Archives, June 2, 1961. Click to enlarge.

The new Lakeside complex for Princeton graduate students will begin housing students sometime this fall, according to the July 9 issue of PAW. The units are on the site of the former Hibben and Magie apartments, from which Betty Menzies captured this PAW cover image, looking east toward the Washington Street bridge, in 1961.

Set in “a beautiful sylvan location,” PAW wrote, the buildings stood eight stories tall — the tallest buildings in Princeton at the time, with Fine Hall’s completion still nine years away. But to those looking south from the campus, the apartments on the shore of Lake Carnegie were invisible.

The new Lakeside buildings, which will include townhomes and apartments, stand two or three stories tall.

An update from reader Arlen Kassof Hastings ’80: Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: Princeton’s Spirit of ’76

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PAW’s 1976 Reunions issue, appropriately dated July 4, featured photos of a uniquely colorful P-rade that blended orange and black with red, white, and blue, in honor of the nation’s bicentennial year.

The Class of 1946 — Princeton’s bicentennial class — was particularly fond of the Spirit of ’76. The class was led by an Uncle Sam stilt-walker and a colonial-themed marching band. At least four different bands in the procession donned tri-cornered caps, along with a small contingent of “Yankee Doodle Dandy Tigers.” James M. Banner Jr., then a professor in Princeton’s history department, delivered a lecture about the American Revolution for alumni and their families in the faculty room at Nassau Hall, where British forces had taken refuge during the Battle of Princeton, 199 years earlier.