Yale, 1940s

Yale 1940s

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  1. Interesting — that picture doesn’t have the slightest hint that it’s from the 1940s! In my college library (Yale affects a sort of faux-Oxbrige “residential College” system) where I used to study, the walls had a great many photographs of teams from over the years, dating back to the early parts of the century. It was very obvious they were very old pictures — here I suppose that since the men’s hair is wet, whatever period hair styles they might have had are lost, and of course they’re not wearing much int he way of clothes so it’s rather hard to date this photo. They have pretty damn good bodies for the 1940s, but for athletes in the 21st century, not so much 🙂 Fun photo, M! 🙂

  2. Me, too! I’m very affectedly nostalgic. I still prefer the romance of the old pre-decimalization LSD coinage. I find it jarring that Americans have nicknames for their coinage (nickle, dime, quarter) while there are no longer nicknames here at ALL — just “50 p piece” or “20 p piece”. The old names: farthing, ha’p’ny, tuppence, sixpence, half-crown, crown, sovereign — are all so much more evocative. Not to mention the byzantine arithmetic one had to do!!!

    When I studied Russian in HS and college I learned with the modern post-1918 orthography of course, which is far more logical and clean than the old pre-revolutionary spellings which had numerous superfluous letters which had identical pronunciations to other letters and which used to require children to memorize lists of words to know which letters to use where. But I find the old orthography far more appealing, despite its impracticability, even though even the émigré White Russian community stopped using it probably in the 1920s!

    I love the romance of the old empires, Habsburg and Ottoman, with their jumble of ethnicities and languages and religions and alphabets. I love that the Ottoman court language was such an artificial Persianized and Arabized version of Turkish that the average Turk on the street couldn’t read or make heads or tails of it, and that the Ottoman scribes used a form of Arabic Calligraphy so complex that it was not only hard to read but designed to be impossible to modify or forge changes to state documents. I still prefer Constantinople to İstanbul even tho the latter gives me the chance to pedantically use the modern Turkish capital I with overdot. But the Orient Express went to Constantinople, and that’s about as nostalgic as you can get!!! 🙂

  3. I wonder where those guys are now. What they look like today.
    I went to a party last night where there were photos of the couple from 20 years ago (looking like school kids they were that young) and seeing them through the years – also quite fascinating)….

  4. Heh. Since they were presumably born around 1920 they would be prettttty old by now if even still alive 🙂

    I can tell you from first-hand experience that guys who went to Yale in the 1980s look pretty grizzled now, too 🙂

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