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Winter Carnival ca. 1955

Perhaps this weekend’s Carnival revellers can take a few moments to compare their experience with that of the College’s students almost 60 years ago. Check out the fantastic snow sculptures in front of all the fraternities, the ski jump on the golf course, the wooden boards that passed for skis back then, and the overall formality of people’s dress.

Different people at Dartmouth, different times, but all the buildings will be instantly recognizable.

Addendum: This video show scenes from Carnival from the 1930’s-1960’s. Care to guess about the triple prize for the best fraternity snow sculpture in 1938?

“A keg of beer, donated by the Dartmouth Outing Club, plus $50 with which to stage a celebration, and an entire month’s supply of cigarettes for each man in the winning dormitory.”

Some things do change.

Addendum: Dartmouth Now has put together a classy presentation entitled Five Things You Should Know About Winter Carnival History.

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