See this post for more information about ISU and pollinators, and remember to “bee” friendly to bees!
Meet Jalap, a Percheron stallion who was purchased for Iowa State College in 1915. Jalap was nationally successful in livestock shows. According to the Iowa State College Alumnus in 1930, just one year before his death at the age of 21, he was “given the rating of the second best living Percheron sire.” He was once described as “the proudest horse in horsedom” in The Iowa Agriculturalist (1927, Vol. 27, No. 10).
It was hotly debated whether Jalap was the horse in the picture Dignity and Impertinence; but most evidence leans toward that being a different draft horse.
To learn more about Jalap, including an “interview” with the famous horse, request RS 9/11/1 box 1 at the Special Collections and University Archives.
Today’s TBT photo was taken in 1926 as part of the coursework for the Department of Textiles and Clothing (now part of the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management). Two students are in cabinets, modeling design work. In between them are three dolls, also wearing student designs. As you can see, they are wearing designs that greatly predate 1926, so perhaps the students were tasked with designing historical costumes. To learn more, check out our history of costume collection or our files from the Department of Textiles and Clothing (12/10).
Today’s #TBT picture is of some young women, presumably members of Alpha Gamma Delta, performing in a variety show.
Drop by and visit us and learn more about Iowa State’s history!
‘Tis the season for planting corn in Iowa! Today’s TBT image is of an Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station worker preparing to plant a field with corn. The Experiment Station has been a part of Iowa State since 1888 and provides research to help Iowans, though much of the research has global applications.
Here’s a fun image of Cy arm wrestling what looks like another team’s mascot, back in 1986.
For more information about Cy, check out: http://historicexhibits.lib.iastate.edu/Cy/index.html.
Earth Day is coming this Saturday, and we are celebrating with some pictures from the Department of Forestry camp records. Forestry is currently part of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, but was part of the Department of Horticulture and Forestry at the time the photos were taken.
Pictures from the Forestry department are a perfect fit for Earth Day. According to the Iowa State University Forestry website, “The forestry curriculum offers courses dealing with the management of forest ecosystems for multiple benefits including biodiversity, recreation, water, wilderness, wildlife, and wood and fiber. Conservation and preservation of natural resources are emphasized.”
To learn more about forestry camp, please visit this blog post. Enjoy these photos from over 100 years ago, and have a Happy Earth Day!
Today’s TBT photo was taken in front of the Vet Med clinic in 1963. As you can see, a camel is being led to the building, perhaps for treatment or an examination. That is quite the departure from the cats and dogs you usually expect to see at the vet’s office!
To learn more about veterinary medicine at Iowa State University, please see our finding aid or stop by the reading room, open 9-5, Monday-Friday.
To celebrate Spring Break, I present the most fashion-forward swimwear of 1917. 100 years ago, this is what the young ladies of Iowa State may have worn on their beach vacations. Of course, spring break as we know it now did not exist in 1917, though there was a 3 day Easter vacation. This picture is a magazine cover found in the collection of covers and fashion prints collected by Mary Barton. You can browse the digitized images of fashion plates from this collection.
I know everyone will be clamoring to get their hands on this swimsuit! Have fun and be safe as you finish up Spring Break!
Did you know that March is both Women’s History Month and National Nutrition Month? It seems only appropriate that this week’s #TBT photo is from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Department of Human Nutrition. A woman is pictured with a table full of jars and test tubes, looking through a microscope. The photo was taken in 1928.
To learn more about the Impact of Women Nutritionists, please visit our online exhibit or stop by the Special Collections and University Archives reading room between 9 and 5, Monday-Friday.