sage college 1937 archery class


The Sage Colleges Library shared this photo the other day and it made us smile. It's from a 1937 archery class at Russell Sage College.

The photo is from a collection of Sage archival photos maintained online by the New York Heritage Project. A few more examples: a photo from a circa 1940 auto mechanics class, and working the in the lab during the 1920s.

We're a little disappointed our college education didn't include archery.


Actually mine did. I'm not old enough to be in the class of '37, but at SUNY Binghamton (Harpur College at that time) in the early 1970s, archery was an option for our phys. ed. requirement, for women at least. I took it and it's a lot harder than it looks. I doubt I ever hit the bullseye. But it was fun to pretend to be Robin Hood or an Amazonian warrior. I also took fencing (ditto: hard) so I don't know what kind of swash buckling education I was creating for myself. If they had offered jousting, I would have taken it.

This brings back memories. I graduated from a women's college in Maryland in 1999 and I had to take archery. Looked pretty much like the picture except we were all dressed in flannel and ripped jeans. The following year I took golf which was scheduled for the same time and field as archery. Way too many projectiles in one space. The registrar fixed that pretty quickly.

That auto mechanic class photo is awesome.

"The students are learning about car mechanics through the college's War Relief Defense Program, which provided students with skills to aid in the war effort."

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