|1. The Old Gym, ca. 1925. The Memorial
Gymnasium is converted into a festive
ballroom for the occasion of this “Class Hop.”
2. A St. Stephen’s player at bat, ca. 1928.
Baseball was popular at St. Stephen’s
through the 1920s. By the fall of 1929
it was announced that baseball would
replace lacrosse as the official spring sport.
It was thought that, to be competitive, St.
Stephen’s should promote sports that didn’t
require the steep learning curve of lacrosse;
freshmen already knew how to play baseball.
3. The Bard basketball team, 1933–1934. Photograph by G. Fritz.
4. WXBC radio show taping, late 1940s. WXBC was conceived in 1946 by Elie
Shneour ’47 and implemented by many
hands, including those of John Gillin ’47,
who wrote his senior project about the
technical design and construction of this
college radio station. The “X” in its call letters
stood for “experimental,” and the 1951
yearbook described the station as the “Voice
of the Bard Campus.” In this photograph,
the students behind the glass are, from left,
Miles Hollister ’50, Corinne Sherman ’49,
Scott Peyton ’52, Dick Sherman ’49, Carol
Andrews ’48, and an unknown man. At the
controls is Joan Abner ’50. Photograph by
5. Student at the piano, ca. 1930s. The student
pictured is possibly John Steinway ’39,
of the Steinway piano family. Classmates
have recollected with delight that Steinway
had a baby grand piano in his dorm room
during his years at the College.
|6. Campus bowling alley, 1948. Almost
thirty years after it was built, this photo
illustrates the continued popularity of the
two-lane bowling alley in the basement of
the Memorial Gymnasium. |
7. The campus post office in Hegeman, ca.
1940s. Photograph by Hans Knopf.
8. Janice Weitz ’48 waits on a student in
the College Store in Hegeman, ca. 1947. The well- stocked shelves met the needs
of most college students, whether they
needed a Bard t-shirt, a hand-painted waste
basket, or a pipe.
9. Fire department, ca. 1949. This image illustrates
a drill of the student-run volunteer
fire department that existed from 1942 to
1960. Intended to protect the Bard community
and to provide student members
with fire-fighting skills, the student company
fought fires as far away as Rhinecliff
10. Dorm scene, mid 1950s. Student Jack
Feare ’53, his wife Rachelle, and their baby
in their room on campus. In the 1950s
it was not unusual for students to have
families, and they were often given special
accommodations. By the early sixties, however,
the College catalog stated that Bard
would take “no responsibility whatsoever for
the housing of married students,” a decision
made jointly by President Kline, the dean,
Buildings and Grounds, and the Faculty
Housing Committee. Photograph by David
Brooks ’45, BLACK STAR.
|11. A group of students sit with Gerard
DeGre (center) and Joan Larkey (in profile
on right) in the Hegeman Coffee Shop, ca.
1949. Professor DeGre taught sociology at
Bard from 1947-1968, and Professor Larkey
taught drama from 1951-1956. Photograph
by Hans Knopf. |
12. Campus meeting, early 1950s. Dean
Ruth Gillard (center) meets with students
including, Naomi Bellinson ’53, at left, Dick
Muller ’51, second, and David Schwab ’52,
far right. The men in the center are two
unidentified professors from other colleges
visiting the Bard campus. Photograph by