Sunday, February 6, 2011

The 1913 Hawkeye

My colleague very kindly sent me this college yearbook from the University of Iowa dated 1913. Yes, that is almost one hundred years ago. Anyone appearing in this book has since passed on. Fortunately their images and stories remain with us. For pince-nez enthusiasts, this yearbook was published during the golden era of pince-nez which spanned from 1885 to 1919. Towards the end of this golden era, younger people moved more towards round tortoise shell spectacles.

When compared to the Colby Colby yearbook of 1904, one can see the popularity of the fingerpiece style as seen in the 1913 Hawkeye yearbook. Hoop springs were predominant until 1905, then the fingerpiece style took over.

Without further ado, LeDandy presents these wonderful images from a time long since past. Click on each image for a full screen view.

Below is the team photo for the women's basketball squad.

Even athletes wore pince-nez as seen in this close-up of the above page.

Here is a close-up from the above page showing a young man wearing the popular fingerpiece.

While the students preferred the fingerpiece, faculty and administration remained loyal to hoop springs. Below is John Bowman, President of the University of Iowa from 1911 through 1914. He was the first University of Iowa alumnus to become its president. He later went on to become the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh for roughly twenty years and he died in 1962. I'd like to think he wore his pince-nez until the end.


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