Princeton’s Eating Clubs

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
Charter Club
Cloister Inn
Colonial Club
Cottage Club
Ivy Club
Quadrangle Club
Terrace Club
Tiger Inn
Tower Club

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.

DSCF9280-001Princeton’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.

DSCF9278-001The cozy interior of the Ivy Club

We offer several vintage eating club books on our website and other Princeton memorabilia:

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The Mask & Wig Club, University of Pennsylvania

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.

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Leland Stanford University at the beginning of the 20th Century

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:

Princeton v. Yale Football Rivalry

September 1, 2014

We thought this Yale Record from 1951 captures the spirit of the Yale-Princeton football rivalry very well:

yale record

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:

Alaska Statehood Cover

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.

Army Navy 1958

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:

Rowing at Princeton

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.

rowing at princeton

A beautiful color picture of the “blades” used by the competitors in the 1998 “Princeton 3-mile Chase”:

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The book has a picture of every crew team Princeton has ever fielded, men’s and women’s:

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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:

Dartmouth College Wedgwood Plates

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:

Graduation Gifts for the Columbia University bound Student

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:

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:

Graduation Gift for the Dartmouth College bound student

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?


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Or find hundreds of other gift ideas including some cool vintage Dartmouth posters on our website:

Graduation Gifts for University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Student

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:

penn coasters

Or, see hundreds of other gift ideas for the grad on our website:


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