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In the year 2040…

Author: Jason Strohl

While looking through old yearbooks for pictures to accompany Sweeten’s holiday card this past winter, I came across the photo above in the yearbook for the Class of 1939, presumably captured during that year’s Alumni Day. While there is no holiday theme and the picture was unsuitable for our card, I scanned it anyway because it fascinated me. Even now, in 2012, 2040 seems far away and futuristic; the stuff of robotic butlers and flying cars and meals served in pill form. In 1939 or 1938, whenever this photo was taken, 2040 must have seemed even farther away. Sadly, the photo was uncaptioned, so we will never know who this little boy was, who he became, and the things he accomplished. However, I would like to think that in 2010 he attended his 50th Penn reunion, and in 30 years  he will return for his 80th reunion. I would also like to believe that  I will be here to greet him, myself an old man at that point. So, my friend, I ask you, in 2040 I will be back…will you?


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Super Bowl Ad Highlights: 1937 Class Yearbook

Author: Leigh Ann P.

Every year, people go bonkers for Super Bowl ads.  Which one was your favorite from last night?  I have a few favorite ads of my own – but they are from the sponsors of the 1937 Penn yearbook.  They just don’t make ’em like they used to.

I really love the sharp, Don Draper character in this one.  One thing to note about advertising in this period of history is the extraneous use of quotation marks.

Check out the prices on class rings from 75 years ago.  For the price of a 1937 silver ring, in 2012 you can get a basic lunch at Bobby’s Burger Palace on Walnut St.

Dude, your hair is falling.  You should check out the Pennsylvania Barber Shop.

I don’t know what these clowns are selling, but whatever it is, I’m buying it.

This one is my favorite.  As it turns out, in 1937, whiskey was not only honest, but also good for your judgment.

We look forward to welcoming the Class of 1937 back to Penn this spring for their 75th reunion!

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