March 7, 2015
Members of Princeton’s Ivy Club from 1902-1903
Princeton University has taken an unconventional approach to fraternities and sororities: there are none. Instead the school has eleven “Eating Clubs”. If you have ever had the good fortune to drive down Prospect Avenue as you approach the center of Princeton, you will no doubt be impressed. The collection of buildings are individually architecturally significant, but taken together, each designed in a unique style, they are quite a collection. The eleven eating clubs are:
Cannon Dial Elm Club
Cap and Gown
The clubs are open to upperclassman (and women) only. Some have a selective approach, others a more open approach. The students take their meals at the club and they also contain recreation facilities (game rooms, billiards, libraries) and places to socialize.
Princeton’s Tower Club
The first eating club was established in 1879 (The Ivy Club). The club’s have various history books they have published that include insights into their formation and inner workings. A history of the Tower Club published in 1928 shows the approach the club took. They state that the design of the building was such that it takes care of “Service” which may be kept segregated or not. “The house was designed first to be practical, then comfortable, then artistic without ostentation.”
The Cottage Club
Pictured above is the Cottage Club, whose most well-known member was F. Scott Fitzgerald. Jimmy Stewart was a member of the Charter Club. The books offer interesting and historic insights into the organization and running of the unique clubs over the years.
The cozy interior of the Ivy Club
We offer several vintage eating club books on our website and other Princeton memorabilia:
Website of Collectableivy.com
November 15, 2014
The University of Pennsylvania’s Mask & Wig club is an all-male comedy troupe with a rich history that was founded in 1889. The troupe features music, dancing and comedy and travels around the country to perform. Old Mask & Wig programs are sought after collectibles and feature imaginative covers:
The 1942 Mask & Wig Program
The 1938-1939 Program
The covers illustration shows Manhattan at the center with Queens identified as “Vast Unexplored Territories” and Brooklyn as “Who Cares?” and was done by Bo Brown. Brown was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and his works appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and The New Yorker.
website of collectableivy.com
October 19, 2014
We recently came cross a vintage souvenir of Stanford University, Photo Gravures in excellent condition. Original red paper wraps with tie string still tight. Produced by the Albertype Company, Brooklyn and copyright 1900 by H.W. Simkins, Bookseller and Stationer, Palo Alto.
20 pages of turn of the century images including the faternity houses, the museum, the north facade, inner quadrangle and more. A fantastic collectible, would make a great gift for the Stanford alumni.
Three well dressed students with their bicycle
We specialize in collectibles of well known universities:
September 1, 2014
We thought this Yale Record from 1951 captures the spirit of the Yale-Princeton football rivalry very well:
Princeton v. Yale is one of the oldest rivalries in college football, dating back to 1873.
We have a nice selection of Yale-Princeton football programs on our website:
August 1, 2014
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act into law in 1958, allowing Alaska to become the 49th state on January 3, 1959. The Army Navy Football Program of 1958 celebrates this historic act.
The creative cover shows a view of Alaska from space with the top half covered in ice and the bottom half as earth. A totem pole is featured and shows a composite of an Army-Navy player, a Cadet, a Midshipman at the top.
We have a nice selection of Army-Navy programs on our website including the historic 1958 program:
July 1, 2014
Rowing at Princeton is a 600 page tome about crew racing at the New Jersey University, published in 2002 and traces the history of the sport from its beginning in 1872 through the year 2000.
A beautiful color picture of the “blades” used by the competitors in the 1998 “Princeton 3-mile Chase”:
The book has a picture of every crew team Princeton has ever fielded, men’s and women’s:
Harvard and Yale were rowing for 17 years prior to Princeton adopting the sport in 1870. The 1880 Freshman racing crew at Princeton:
We have a nice selection of Princeton memorabilia on our website:
June 1, 2014
The English plate maker Wedgwood issued a set of commemorative plates for Dartmouth College when it celebrated its bicentennial in 1969. The plates were originally sold at Campion’s, a long-time retailer in Hanover, New Hampshire. Ad ad for the plates is below, which is in the Dartmouth v. Princeton Football Program from 1970.
The twelve plates in the series were of the following scenes:
- The Old Row
- Observatory Hill
- Ledyard Bridge
- The College Church
- Webster Hall
- Parkhurst Hall
- President’s House
- Dick’s House
- Tuck School
- Baker Library Tower
- Carpenter and Baker
- D.O.C. House
The plates sold for $80 for the dozen or $6.95 each. The set also offered matching bread and butter plates, cups and saucers and ash trays. The piece-de-resistance of the set was the Bicentennial Platter seen in the top of the ad, which was 17 inches wide and sold for $29.50.
We have a nice selection of Dartmouth memorabilia, football program and Wedgwood on our website:
May 30, 2014
Know a recent graduate bound for Columbia University? Or someone who is graduating from this elite NYC school? Looking for a gift idea? How about a great set of marble Columbia coasters:
Or a great vintage Columbia University Wedgwood plate featuring their iconic library?
Or you can check out hundreds of other ideas on our website:
May 29, 2014
Know a recent student accepted into or graduating from Dartmouth College? How about a book about their famous Winter Carnival featuring a history of their historic posters through the years?
Or find hundreds of other gift ideas including some cool vintage Dartmouth posters on our website:
May 29, 2014
Know a recent student accepted into or graduating from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn)? How about a game of Pennopoly, a game patterned after Monopoly but based on the famous Philadelphia school founded by Benjamin Franklin?
Or a great marble coaster set:
Or, see hundreds of other gift ideas for the grad on our website: