University Of The South

In the past couple of months, inspiring blogs such as ACL and IS have featured really nice vernacular shots from military to ivy league as this blog has. Over the past couple of decades, Life Magazine has featured numerous articles on our nation’s history. One that caught my attention greatly was a piece done on University of the South. The campus is located in Sewanee, TN, which is about an hour or so south of Nashville, where I grew up. It’s a great part of the country with rolling hills and mountains near Chattanooga, TN. Here’s a couple of photographs from 1940 on campus by Alfred Eisenstaedt that was featured in Life Magazine. Funny thing about the picture of the couple kissing, members of the fraternity would tell the girls, “Kiss the Mummy, or kiss me!”. Interesting way to get your girl…

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5 Responses to University Of The South

  1. JP says:

    I’m gonna have to get me a mummy.


  2. plaidout says:

    Stunning photos! Word to your mummy, JP.

    ACL’s obsession with the LIFE archive is spreading like wildfire.

    Speaking of fires, while in college, Sewanee was in our conference. When I told a prof I needed to miss a day of classes to travel to UofS with the swim team for a meet, he, an alum of Sewanee, told the story of how he and his fraternity brothers would hike those rolling hills you speak of with girls “in the buff” and suggested I get a couple girls and follow suit.

    At the end of the day, I did convince a few of my fellow fish to go hiking, albeit fully clothed. Sure enough, we arrived at a campsite near the top, and huddled around a small fire were three Sewannee swimmers. One guy, two girls. Birthday suits.

  3. drinkinanddronin says:

    Wow. That’s the kind of story I expect to here from alumni, espicially of the society type. You don’t hear too many stories like that too much anymore. Birthday suits on the hill! Lucky guy!

  4. plaidout says:

    Couple a southern belles, too. Man alive!

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