Monthly Archives: June 2009

back when mandolins were cool

Yes, that’s right — mandolins were all the rage from about 1894 to 1924.  Mandolin clubs popped up at high schools, colleges and cities all over the country.  The club at RPI evolved out of the Banjo and Guitar Club … Continue reading

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The Moustache Club

The Moustache Club was a student club that appeared briefly in the 1870s.  The officers consisted of president, assistant to the president, treasurer and inspector general.  Here are some excerpts from the club’s constitution as detailed in the 1877 Transit: … Continue reading

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former club & curious artifact

This topic combines two of my archival curiosities — RPI artifacts and former RPI clubs.  The artifact is a molded plastic triangle with circuit symbols in relief and a black inset triangle with the gold letters L/R/C.  The former club … Continue reading

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Mystery Image #16

Once again, the individual and the apparatus are both mysteries to me.  If you know the info., please leave a comment!

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