I’ve been working with materials from the early 1930s recently, trying to track down information about a particular student but also taking in much more detailed information about the era generally. It was a difficult, even unpleasant time for the faculty and administration. The effects of the Great Depression on campus were profound. Thoughts of expansion ceased. Significant salary cuts and other money saving measures were demoralizing enough that some of the best faculty simply left.
The students, however, as is often the case, seemed to be having a high old time despite the cares of their elders. These images depict an activity called a “shoe race” or “shoe drill.” I can’t quite figure out precisely what they’re up to. I’m guessing that whatever it is, it started in the football stadium and then wound its way over to Cohen House. I’m not certain, though, that the pictures are in the right order:
Any speculation is welcome.
Bonus: Back side of Abercrombie. I wonder what’s underneath that block.