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May 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadet Life In 1950’s And A “Sugar Report”
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Today’s photos span the 1950’s and show what life was like for a Clemson Cadet in the 1950’s at Clemson.

The above photo shows a cadet standing outside the old post office (now Mell Hall) reading a “sugar report”, which was a letter from a girl. The building in the background of the picture would one day be Dan’s Sandwich Shop and is now TD’s.

The next photo is from inside the old barracks and it shows the Cadets passing the time during the evening. The Cadets thumbing through some newspapers and magazines.

The photo below shows another view inside the old barracks, only this time the Cadets that occupied this room have added a little flair to their room (notice the window curtains!).

The next photo shows the cadets inside the old barracks sitting around a table with one cadet playing the harmonica.

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May 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Pool Him!”

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Today's photo is of a tradition that many a young Clemson student had the “honor” of taking part in.

"Pool him!" That is a term that meant someone's going into the water.

Many a Clemson Cadet has been tossed into the old reflection pond throughout the years.

There have also been some dips into the fountain at the front of the Clemson House.

How about in one of the large sinks in the old barracks? Yes, indeed.

The pool in the old YMCA was also an easy target.

More recently, the Cooper Library reflection pond served as nice dumping point as well.

The only thing that is different through the years is the location!

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May 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Sikes Hall Fire

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Today's photos are of the Agricultural Building (now Sikes Hall) and were taken in the 1920’s.

This old Agricultural Building, like so many other buildings on campus, suffered a tremendous amount of fire damage on April 1, 1925. This, ironically, was just after a campus visit of the newly appointed President, Enoch Walter Sikes.

As if Mr. Sikes didn't have his hands full with rebuilding the agricultural building in the early days of his Clemson Presidency, the follow year Mechanical Hall was totally destroyed by fire.

Enoch Sikes indeed had a tough start as the President of the college, but today the old Agricultural Building holds his name in history, Sikes Hall.

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May 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Temporary Barracks At Clemson In 1940’s

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Today’s photos are from 1948 and show two different views of buildings that no longer exist at Clemson University.

The above picture is an aerial photo of Clemson and you can clearly see the white barracks sitting in a V where Lot 1 is now located. These were temporary barracks, constructed by the military during WWII. They were torn down just prior to the completion of Johnstone Hall in 1954.

The below photo is a close up view of the temporary barracks and was taken with your back to Death Valley, on the southwest corner of what is now Lot 1.

Barracks life made for a long day. Reveille was at dawn, and breakfast was as early as 6 a.m. In fact, in Clemson's early years, class was often finished in the morning hours, so that drill could be held in the afternoons. Lunch and dinner were served, and curfew was in effect so that the night started early and all cadets were accounted for.

There was always an incessa…

May 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Band In 1940’s

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Today’s photos are of Tiger Band in an era long gone in the history of Clemson College.

The above picture was taken sometime in the mid 1940’s and shows the band coming into Memorial Stadium in the Northwest corner. You can also see Clemson Cadets marching in with the band onto the field.

As you can see, the North lower deck does not extend as far as it does today. Additional sideline seating on the North and South lower decks were added in 1958. You can also notice that there are no visible trees on the Northwest bank.

By the time the new West Endzone was built several years ago, two massive trees were growing on that same Northwest bank.

Also notice that the original West Endzone has not been built yet (it was completed in 1960). You can also see the prefabs where Littlejohn Coliseum now sits and where we broadcast the Tiger Pregame Show and Tiger Tailgate Show each Saturday.

The next picture is from around the same era and was ta…

May 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Olin Hall History

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Today’s photo was taken in the late 1950’s and shows Olin Hall. Completed in 1953, Olin Hall was named for F.W. Olin by the John M. Olin Foundation, which made a $2 million gift to Clemson to construct the building.

In the photo, you can locate some of the infamous prefabs to the right of Olin Hall in the distance.

So…who is F.W. Olin? From the ASEE Prism Magazine Online:

There's a good chance that you've seen his legacy. His name is splashed across dozens of engineering buildings on campuses around the nation, a high-profile foundation, and soon an innovative new engineering college. But who is the man behind the legend?

Francis W. Olin's life was an example of hard work and ingenuity paying off. Born in Vermont in 1860, he received little formal education during his early years, instead studying on his own. He was determined to study engineering and his persistence finally earned him entrance into Cornell University.


May 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mid 1960’s Clemson Campus Life

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Today’s photos center around the mid 1960’s when color photography was quickly becoming the new fad. The above photo is of Clemson students hanging out in the Loggia at Johnstone Hall.

The open air loggia at Johnstone Hall on the ground-floor (level six) at the hilltop overlooked an assembly quadrangle designed to accommodate cadet formations. The canteen, one floor below the loggia, faced the formation area. The paved quadrangle, lately serving as parking, was redeveloped into a new student union and student government chambers in the mid-1970s.

The campus student locator phone office, the West Campus housing office, student government chambers, a small campus retreat chapel (later converted to a job placement office), and all the student media were located in the three levels above the loggia.

The next photo is from the inside of Sikes Hall when it served as the Library at Clemson. The cornerstone for the future Sikes H…