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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.


Sepia photograph



Mid- to late-1950s

Size of Original

10 inches x 8 1/16 inches

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