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1893 Snowball Fight

Those must have been some icy snowballs! These three Princeton students were photographed after the annual freshman-sophmore snowball fight in 1893. You can imagine that the picture was requested as a “trophy” for the other side. Read more about the bygone Princeton tradition at 22 Words. Link -via Buzzfeed

From 1903: The Earliest Known Film Footage of a Football Game

(Video Link) This video, courtesy of the Library of Congress, shows scenes from a game between Princeton and Yale. Skip to 2:00 to see the action. The halftime show is scandalous. A woman “accidentally” reveals her ankle. -via Kottke

It’s A Good Thing That He Had a Safety School

Harvey Wax failed to get into Princeton’s law school, but he did get into Harvard’s and went on to have a successful career. His letter, kept for many years in his family, was recently published in an anthology of rejection letters edited by Bill Shapiro. In an interview about this letter, Wax said “If you [...]

The Quick 9: Nine Capitals of the United States

Washington, D.C., hasn’t always been the political center of the United States. In fact, nine different cities across the country have served as the nation’s capital at one point or another, even if only for a day (and technically, some of them can’t be called capitals of the United States, but the capital of the [...]