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December 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1930’s Clemson Campus

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Today’s photo is from the 1930’s and shows a variety of photos from around campus. The photo above is of the Main Building…now called Tillman Hall.

The next photo is of Riggs Hall.


Formed in 1933, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is one of the oldest engineering departments at Clemson University. The department was first located in Riggs Hall, built in 1928 to house the Engineering Department and named after Walter Merritt Riggs, president of the university from 1910 to 1924 and a professor of engineering.

Here's a photo of the long gone Dairy Science Building.

Built in 1912 at a cost $20,000, the Dairy Science building was an icon at Clemson for many years.

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December 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Great Parking In Quad-1940’s

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Today’s photo is from the late 1940’s and is something you don’t see in this day and age at Clemson…great parking in the Quad area!

Greek Housing at Clemson University welcomed the newly renovated Greek Community on the Quad in the Fall of 2005 . For the first time in Clemson's history, the Quad houses not only the Interfraternity Council chapters, as in previous years, but also chapters from the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Panhellenic Council.

This milestone in Clemson's history marks the beginning of new collaborations and new traditions within the Greek community. The newly renovated Greek Quad includes the addition of two new buildings, a kitchen in every chapter house, interiors appointed with high-quality furnishings, a west-end terrace with two entertainment pavilions, and a basketball court.

The Greek Quad will house 13 chapters of the Interfraternity Council, two chapters of the National Pan-Helle…

December 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Friday Pep Rally From 1980’s

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Today’s photo an overhead view of a Friday Pep Rally before a football game in the 1980’s. This may even be a Pep Rally following the First Friday Parade, but I cannot tell for sure.

One thing that you can notice that is different about the 1980’s compared to now is the number of people that do not wear orange to Clemson events during that era compared to today.

The Solid Orange Campaign, pushed by former Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips and President Barker, has really changed the look of any and all Clemson events.

If this same picture was taken at a Pep Rally this fall, you would see very few people not dressed in orange.

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December 12th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Frank Howard In Color-1940’s

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Today’s photo is a classic picture of Frank Howard in the 1940’s. I love this picture because, to me, it personifies Coach Howard as the coach.

Under Frank Howard's command, the Tigers remained nationally-recognized contenders throughout the 1950's in college football. In the sterling 1948 season, Clemson won a Southern Conference championship (Howard's first of eight), won our second bowl game, and finished eleventh in the national rankings. For the rest of his life, Howard credited the 1948 team with saving his job.

On November 16, 1974, the grass playing surface in Clemson Memorial Stadium was dedicated as Frank Howard Field.

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December 11th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Homecoming Floats Through The Years (Part II of II)

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Today’s photos are Part II of II taken of Homecoming Floats taken over the course of three decades. It shows how the ingenuity and creativity of these floats evolved through the years.

By the late 1960’s, these displays started to get some size to them as shown in the photo above from the 1967 season. It seemed there was a trend during this era to see who could make the largest and most colorful display.

The last photo shows a clever design with two Tigers pulling on a Maryland terrapin. If you look closely, you can notice that the float spans the road in front of Tillman Hall.


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December 10th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Homecoming Floats Through The Years 
(Part I of II)



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Today’s photos are Part I of II taken of Homecoming Floats taken over the course of three decades. It shows how the ingenuity and creativity of these floats evolved through the years.

The above photo is from the 1958 season. That's a Wake Forest Demon Deacon that the Tiger has cornered on a goal post, if you couldn’t tell!

Below is another from the 1958 season. Using gravestones has always been a popular theme for homecoming floats.

In the 1960’s, the floats began to get a little bit better. The one below is from the 1961 season.


Tomorrow I will post some from the 1960’s through the 1980’s.




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December 9th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Wreck Tech In 1974 (Part II of II)

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Today’s photos are of the “Wreck Tech” Parade in 1974 and is Part I of II in the series.

Prior to 1974 all the Georgia Tech games were played in Atlanta. That trend ended in 1974 when Tech was scheduled to play the Tigers for the first time in Death Valley.


Such a big event called for a parade, the "Wreck Tech" parade. Here are a number of photos from that famous parade in Clemson when Tech first showed up at our doorstep.


By the way, we won the game 21-17. The first of all home games we won in 1974, including a 28-24 win the following week against UGA.

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