• Princeton Crew, 1948-‘50


    Christian Chensvold of Ivy Style introduced this little gem a couple of days ago and I simply could not refrain myself from folding it into the catalogue here. Shot 15 years before T. Hayashida’s pilgrimage, it is essentially an 8mm moving picture prequel to Take Ivy. When Chensvold scooped it up from Princeton Campus Life’s YouTube channel it only had a meager two views (at the time of this publication, 900). It is a lengthy watch at just under 20 minutes but worth its weight in brass buttons.

    Actually need to pay attention during your summer term poli-sci lecture? Hit the highlights below:

    • 2:58 Saddle shoes with no-break trousers
    • 4:36 Blazers and ties for travel

    • 8:21 Sash crew tees and 4” shorts

    • 8:31 Letterman sweaters

    • 10:36 Weekender travel bags

    • 13:32 Team spirit

    • 13:54 V-neck sweater (notice fit)

    Jul 21, 2010 | Permalink (6) Total Comments

    Michael left a comment on 7/23/2010 at 2:23 PM:

    Amazing how much the quality of the film contributes.

    G.T. left a comment on 7/21/2010 at 2:15 PM:

    @ Emmy: You make a great observation based on your experience - that those 4” shorts were necessary.  The necessity is what makes the ivy-style so interesting.  We are constantly using things that were once worn as a necessity and turning them into a statement.  The length of a pair of shorts, the functionality of a pocket square, or the origin of the bow tie (a Croatian scarf that was adopted and transformed by the French) are all examples of adopting something used out of necessity and transforming it to fit your own personality and style.  Inspiration comes from everywhere, even 8mm tapes.

    Emmy left a comment on 7/21/2010 at 12:50 PM:

    I would actually have to disagree with JSS. As a female coxswain on a men’s crew team at one of the so-called “Catholic Ivys” on the East Coast, I’ve been to many of these race sites; the Harlem River (where Columbia rows, as well as Fordham, NYU, and Manhattan College) and the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia look remarkably the same.  The clothing choices, I have to admit, aren’t what they used to be - although the team does know how to look sharp when they have to.
    Either way, thanks for this fascinating look at rowing teams of the past, FEC.  Although I have to point out that those tiny 4” shorts are by no means a fashion statement, but a necessity. Before the advent of spandex, shorts longer than that would get caught in the slide (or seat) and throw off the rhythm of the entire boat. Eeek.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 7/21/2010 at 12:46 PM:

    I enjoyed alot this video. Thanks.

    PS: 8:15 Sash crew tees and 4” shorts. That’s veeery short!

    Chris left a comment on 7/21/2010 at 12:17 PM:

    that lake was built by a princeton student’s wealthy parents.

    JSS left a comment on 7/21/2010 at 12:09 PM:

    I love this video. It is historical and beautifully shows a time that is no longer known to us. The more things change, it seems they stay the same [the style of dress], but the shorelines of the Charles river, NYC [not sure what river Columbia rows on], and views of Cayuga Lake looks shockingly different.  I currently live in Ithaca and have several family members attend Cornell, so I am forwarding the video to them. Thx.