Thursday, January 12, 2012

Let it Snow!!!

I've been working on a seasonal display for the Memorial Union. For your viewing enjoyment, here are some fun images of Mizzou's snowy past! Click an image to enlarge it:

In 1909 a Savitar poet dedicated a few stanzas to the sculptor of a Mizzou ice queen: "Cold, frigid, dead to all that's life/She stands with stately mien./Imploring her to be his wife,/He kneels before his queen." Savitar (1909).
Mizzou women show off their snow boots, Savitar (1922).
The queen of the winter formal and her attendees sit enthroned on a stage decorated with faux icicles and snow, Savitar (1923).
"It is not often that winter comes to Missouri with such force as the pictures show, but when it does the students find great sport in playing in the snow," Savitar (1938).
"Tigers bury Seahawks in the snow," Savitar (1943).

After World War II, the G.I. Bill provided federal funding for veterans to go to college, surging enrollment at the university to an untenable level. Starting around 1945, MU could no longer safely house all of the students in its ward. Doing the best they could with limited resources, the university set up trailers and used army surplus materials to build districts of emergency housing for displaced students, dubbed 'blue-campus'. Shown above, 'blue-campus' residents live within and combat Columbia's snowy weather, Savitar (1947).
The Showme, Mizzou's student-run humor magazine published through the 60s, made light of the behavior patterns of Columbia residents during the winter months, Showme (Feb. 1948).
Jesse Hall in the snow, Savitar (1958).
MU students traverse Hitt Street, Savitar (1965).
A Mizzou couple strolls down a wintery Columbia sidewalk, Savitar 1966.
MU student, Gay Baumgardner, took advantage of the snowy weather, Savitar (1968).
The original 'Shack', Mizzou's favorite hangout until a fire in 1988, is shown here covered in snow. Jesse Hall is visible in the background, Savitar (1979).


Authored by Niki Eaton, PhD student, Art History and Archaeology