Morning wear in America: Harvard 1961 Commencement from LIFE Magazine

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  1. malefic

    malefic Senior member

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    Brown, Commencement 2009: [​IMG]
    "Artist's conception of NYU commencement, 2023": [​IMG]
     
  2. robin

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    My great-grandfather attended Harvard back in the '20s. Alas, no photographs remain due to the Cultural Revolution.
    Maybe Harvard has photos of him in an archive somewhere? You'd be surprised - I've found pictures of ancestors in very odd places whenever I start to look.
     
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    Maybe Harvard has photos of him in an archive somewhere?

    One would assume so.

    My great-aunt--his eldest daughter--had to enroll at Columbia because Harvard did not allow women as undergraduates at that time.
     
  4. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    One would assume so.

    My great-aunt--his eldest daughter--had to enroll at Columbia because Harvard did not allow women as undergraduates at that time.


    Do you know why she didn't go to Radcliffe?


    - B
     
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    Do you know why she didn't go to Radcliffe? - B
    I imagine she wanted a more independent entity than a coordinated college. Something of a strong-willed woman as one might expect from a lawyer's daughter.
     
  6. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    I imagine she wanted a more independent entity than a coordinated college. Something of a strong-willed woman as one might expect from a lawyer's daughter.

    I suspect that she was spared the regime inflicted by the parents of Harvard Girl.


    - B
     
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    Can anyone identify the two gentlemen on the left in this photo?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Guy on the right bears a resemblance to Robert McNamara (more dovish of course)

    Guy on the right looks like Mike Huckabee [​IMG]
     
  9. rnoldh

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    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.
     
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    Great photos. I'm a fan of the notch morning coat [​IMG]
     
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    Great pics. It's hard to believe that less than 50 years ago that this was an American commencement.

    Is that David Rockefeller speaking?

    [​IMG]
     
  12. voxsartoria

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    Great pics. It's hard to believe that less than 50 years ago that this was an American commencement.

    Is that David Rockefeller speaking?


    It does look like him...I thought it was Pusey at first, but Pusey is actually in regalia in the University Hall shots, which makes more sense anyway.

    - B
     
  13. rnoldh

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    Great pics. It's hard to believe that less than 50 years ago that this was an American commencement.

    [​IMG]

    Is that David Rockefeller speaking?


    It does look like him...I thought it was Pusey at first, but Pusey is actually in regalia in the University Hall shots, which makes more sense anyway.

    - B


    D Rockefeller would have been 46 in 1961 and it sure looks like him:

    [​IMG]

    But, I don't know. Being a Texas guy, I'll defer to B's opinion.

    PS: I just looked closer and note that it appears the speaker in the picture and D Rockefeller part their hair on different sides. My vote is for Pusey.
     
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    D Rockefeller would have been 46 in 1961 and it sure looks like him:

    But, I don't know. Being a Texas guy, I'll defer to B's opinion.


    No, I do think that is Rockefeller.

    - B
     
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    No, I do think that is Rockefeller.

    - B


    What about the hair parting? I'm old, crazy and in Texas. So, perhaps I'm easily fooled.

    I've got to go lose money betting on NFL Football now but I bet later it can be definitively checked.

    Signing out.
     

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