Oblong 4to photograph album, 50 leaves of stiff black paper, the photographs mounted both sides, generally several to a page; a few of the images are real photo postcards (with white-lettered captions identifying a particular photography studio), but the collection primarily consists of vernacular snapshots of students engaged in college activities, many recreational, and images taken later in the decade of soldiers in uniform, landscapes, and home life. Most of the photographs are in very good condition, with only a few somewhat overexposed or faded. Black gilt-stamped cloth photograph album (spine with splits and some other wear). (59415). (#7177). Item #59415
The first image is a photo of buildings on the campus of the University of Vermont, followed by three showing the offices and publications of the "Vermont Cynic," the student newspaper in 1910. There is a photo of the University baseball team, a couple of individual photos of the players, and a few showing games on the field. Many images (approx. 50) are of the annual student "Peerade" held in May 1910, with students dressed in comical costumes. There is a group photo, posed with a sign that reads "Dr. Fuleumall Osteowalk and His Assistants and Patients," showing 'doctors,' young men dressed as women, and others in strange hats and outfits. The "Peerade" and accompanying "Kake Walk" were University of Vermont traditions, beginning in the late 1890's. The college fraternities would create skits and displays representing historical or current events, and the "Kake Walk" would end the festivities. [Until the 1960's this part of the event included students dressed in blackface, a practice since suspended]. There are images of camping trips on Mt. Mansfield, skiing and hiking, young men and women in snowshoes on the slopes, graduation day, and a chalkboard sign filled with a flunking students' lament. Later in the album there are photos of young men in uniform, and a car full of young ladies sporting a banner reading "Votes for Women."