Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Little 372 and John Logan Marshall



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Today’s photos are of Little 372, a plan born out of the imagination and skill of a Clemson legend, John Logan Marshall.

John Logan Marshall was born in Greenwood in 1885 and graduated from Clemson in 1909 with a B.S. in mechanical and electrical engineering. After working several years on a farm in Alabama and then at Western Electric in Chicago, Ill., Marshall returned to Clemson in 1917 as shop work instructor.

School administrators quickly took notice of Marshall's talents as an educator and, in 1919, named him an assistant professor. Two years later, he was appointed head of Clemson's wood shop.

Under Marshall’s guidance, several of his students began the Clemson Aero Club in 1927. Known today as the Clemson University Flying Club, it's one of the oldest continuous student organizations on campus.


In 1928, Marshall and seven students from the Aero Club built a single-engine, high-wing airplane that they named Little 372. The plane, made of lumber from Marshall's wood shop, had a wingspan of 23 feet and a 16-foot woodenframed, fabric fuselage. Although it was able to fly only 15-20 feet off the ground, it was much more capable than the students had ever imagined.

Following several student walkouts at Clemson during the 1920s, Marshall's passion and dedication became instrumental in improving student morale. After many lengthy wood shop discussions with his students about the importance of Clemson's future, he organized the Tiger Brotherhood society in 1928. The society, established to help protect and uphold the ideals of Clemson, is still vital today.

Little 372, thought to be the first plane built by college students in the United States, currently hangs in the S.C. State Museum.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Homecoming Vs. TCU In 1965


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Today we'll conclude our step back in time to the 1965 Homecoming weekend in Clemson. We'll look at a number of photos to give you an idea of what it was like to be a student in those days.


The game on Saturday was a matchup between Clemson and Texas Christian. The game was a defensive struggle in which the Tigers held TCU to just 72 total yards of offense. The only score of the game came in the last few minutes of the first half as Frank Pearce kicks a 26-yard field goal.


Back in the 1960’s, the game on Saturday was just the warm up act for the big Homecoming Dance in Harcombe Hall on Saturday night. Here, Clemson students exit Death Valley after the conclusion of the game to get ready for the dance.


Dances, featuring rock and roll bands, were the craze of the 1960’s. That was no exception in Clemson as you can see from this picture from the Saturday Night Homecoming Dance in 1965.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

More From Homecoming In 1965




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Today we'll take a step back in time to the 1965 Homecoming weekend in Clemson. We'll look at a number of photos to give you an idea of what it was like to be a student in those days.

Back in the 1960’s, the game on Saturday was just the warm up act for the big Homecoming Dance in Harcombe Hall on Saturday night.


The tradition of floats on Bowman Field was in full “bloom” in 1965 as you can see from the series of pictures below.


The floats were made of pomp just as they are today, and there were even floats in the 1960’s that incorporated movement just as we have today.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Homecoming Weekend, 1965


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Today we'll take a step back in time to the 1965 Homecoming weekend in Clemson. We'll look at a number of photos to give you an idea of what it was like to be a student in those days.

As with Homecoming weekends today, the 1965 Homecoming weekend starts with Tigerama on Friday night. In the photo above, a fraternity is satirizing the “Girls Dorm” with plenty of punch lines and guys dressed as gals. That seems to be a popular topic to use for Tigerama as I have seen similar skits myself over the years.

Below is another skit from the Friday Night festivities at Tigerama.


At the conclusion of Tigerama "Miss Clemson" is crowned. In 1965 that honor goes to Nina Dulin.


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 12th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

25th Anniversary Football Reunion In 1981


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Today’s photo is not only historic, but a little bit unique and maybe even a little spooky! The above photo was taken on October 10th, 1981 in the pregame of the Clemson/Virginia football game on a wet day in Death Valley.

This is a photo of the 1956 football team that was celebrating its 25th Anniversary of their Orange Bowl Berth. The 1956 team went 7-1-2 during the season and was invited to play Colorado in the 1956 Orange Bowl, capping a great season for Frank Howard’s boys.

This photo was taken during the Homecoming weekend in 1981, when the buzz for Clemson’s National Title run was just beginning to make noise. At that point in the 1981 season, we were 4-0 with a big win against Georgia and had just entered the National polls. Nobody, even in their wildest dreams, thought that just 2 1/2 months later, the 1981 team would be returning to the Orange Bowl to play for the National Championship.

All of the talk of the Orange Bowl on this day was about the 1956 team…but that talk would soon change to Clemson as the Tigers rolled to an 11-0 regular season. Celebrating an Orange Bowl month...just a few months before Danny Ford would lead Clemson back to the Orange Bowl and the biggest moment in Clemson football history.


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