Fabulous, unforetuneately that era is gone.
In one of the great tragedies of Harvard's glorious history, they turned me down for admission.
It was 1967 and I had applied as a Lincoln HS, Brooklyn NYC grad.
I got on some sort of waiting list and I was accepted by Cornell and Rice U. I decided to leave NYC to it's own devices and I left for Texas. The rest is history.
I do admit that Rice had nothing to compare to Harvard's pomp and circumstance of the 1960s.
But I wonder if Harvard had anything to compare to Boys Towns in the Valley? Perhaps the Boston Combat Zone existed then.
As Vox has pointed out, these photos are of a commencement, and not daily dress of course by any means. A few of my Lincoln HS friends did get into Harvard ( they had 1600 SATS, and Harvard was very picky with which poor Jews they accepted ) and they invited me to Ivy League Football games. I remember the Harvard Yale game as a big deal. I think the Harvard guys were dressed better than my college friends back in Texas but not spectacularly so.
Here is a story about my HS buddy Brian Newmark who got into Harvard.
He was 6' 7" tall and Harvard wanted him for his basketball skills. If you read the story, note his comments about Brighton Beach and the Viet Nam war. I'm going to contact him and see if he'll participate in an oral history and website I and the family of Michael Klenfner, a common friend of ours
are planning as a tribute/remembrance site. I'm sure he will.
I really remember and love that era. Thanks Bill.