Six Westbrook Junior College senior students plant ivy outside the Proctor breezeway door in this mid-to-late-1950s sepia toned photograph labeled on the back in pencil "Planting ivy."The two young women actually doing the planting hold a trowel and ivy cuttings in their hands. They both wear their Commencement caps and gowns. The four other young women wear full-skirted summer dresses and heels.
The planting of ivy by the graduating class, or the carrying of ivy chains at Commencement or Class Day activities, is a long standing tradition among older colleges and universities, going back to the 19th century.
Size of Original
10 inches x 8 1/16 inches
""Planting Ivy," Westbrook Junior College, 1950s" (Mid- to late-1950s). University of New England, Westbrook College History Collection. http://dune.une.edu/wchc_photos_students1950s/83
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