Above is an undated photo of a Pomona College “weigh-in,” a practice distasteful to our contemporary selves but, I suspect, fairly common in a less-enlightened era: Freshmen women were compelled to allow the football team to take their height, weight and measurements.
From the college’s new history timeline: “The fall of 1972 saw the end of a dubious tradition, as a campaign by a number of the College’s women forced the football team to give up its annual practice of weighing and measuring all first-year women, often against their will. The weigh-in, as it was called, was described by some of the participants as ‘all in fun,’ but many of the women reported finding it frightening and demeaning. Negotiations between the sponsors and football team in 1972 ended in agreement that the tradition should not continue. When some members of the team tried to revive it a year later, they gave up after confrontations with other students and with Dean of Students Jean Walton.”
Good for other students and Dean of Students Jean Walton.
What I find poignant in the photo above is the woman’s expression. Seems to be a posed photo, perhaps for a yearbook or student newspaper, and thus the men look as if they’re taking only a wholesome, scientific interest in the proceedings. Yet the woman certainly appears authentically mortified, undercutting the “just for fun” nature of the photo.
When I wrote above that the practice may have been relatively common, that’s because I recall having read that my own alma mater, the University of Illinois, did something similar — not involving the football team, which is creepy, but rather employees — and keeping the index cards on file, until, like Pomona, wiser heads prevailed. I think they were called “health cards” or something like that.
Anyone recall participating in this practice, wherever you went to school?
…if only because the signs promote the L.A. County Fair. Seen in Claremont.
Vintage WCTU (Women’s Christian Temperance Union) placard seen in Claremont Heritage’s office.
Edna Baum, in blue, with her granddaughters, daughter Florence in green, and son Stanton in suit and tie in the yard of Baum’s house at 1105 N. College Ave., Claremont, in 1965. (Photo courtesy Peter Hanff)
As I explored recently, the house at 1105 N. College Ave. in Claremont never belonged to L. Frank Baum, creator of “The Wizard of Oz,” despite rumors to the contrary. His son Robert did live there from the 1940s until his death in 1958, and Robert’s widow Edna remained there until her own death in 1968.
I’d heard an Oz fan gathering took place there in the 1960s. Claremont reader David Sawhill, going above and beyond, contacted the Winkie Convention, as it’s known, for details. Those were forthcoming from Peter Hanff, who provided photos of the 1965 convention and commentary.
“The memory and pictures bring a little bit more life to the Wizard of Oz connection,” Sawhill said. Agreed.
Below is the bulk of what Hanff sent over.
The house at 1105 N. College Ave. in Claremont that many think was owned by “Oz” author L. Frank Baum (but wasn’t) is the subject of Friday’s column. Read it here.
The house is now for sale for a cool $2.85 million. Real estate broker Geoff Hamill’s page about the house is here and a virtual tour can be taken here.
At right is Ashlee Robinson, 13, who greeted people at the open house last Sunday as Dorothy Gale and said, “Welcome to Oz. There’s no place like home!”
Below is a view of the backyard maze as seen from the guest quarters above the garage. “Adults and kids really liked it,” former owner Shirley Rude told me. Can’t blame ‘em a bit.
(A 2008 post on my blog about the house can be read here.)
On Indian Hill Boulevard in Claremont on Monday morning, I spotted a truck hauling a mean load o’ kiddie ride cars. Transports of two or three levels of cars always make me slightly anxious. Wee cars with polka dots, not so much.
I’ve presented photographs of a few random objects found on the asphalt of Pomona, including a playing card. Well, I was walking in Claremont the other day along the woodchip-strewn path fronting the field station when what did I see but a different playing card. Fifty more to go!
As for the fellow on the card, some people call him Maurice.
Claremont’s venerable Espiau’s took on a kelly green paint job recently. It’s presumably temporary for St. Patrick’s Day…right?
On a related note, the IE Shine On blog has a roundup of St. Patty’s deals and activities. I’ve added the blog link to the list at right under the heading Other Sites of Interest.
A few days after we mocked the two directional signs for the 10 Freeway seen a few feet apart on Foothill Boulevard east of Towne Avenue in Claremont, they were both replaced with a new dual sign directing motorists to both the 10 and 210 freeways.
It’s double the information in half the number of signs — a nice upgrade. Haven’t noticed if they’ve since taken down the spare pole.
The new Super King market, and its surrounding Claremont Promenade center off the 10 Freeway at Indian Hill Boulevard in Claremont, has a super-sized sign, seen here in an eastbound view. (Thank goodness traffic was light as I slowed to snap this through my windshield.)
Although the Super King sign may appear more super than the Norms’ sign installed last year, the dimensions show there’s no contest. Norms is 99 feet high while Super King’s is a mere (ahem) 80 feet.