ShutterButtonApril 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

ShutterButton: Here’s A Toast To Weird Old Ben

The ’90′s were a time of several transitionally awkward trends (see this, this and this), but THIS? This 1999 depiction of our Quaker surrounded by toast is a sight for sore (and creepily blue) eyes. Though modern day QBF‘s smile is, 13 years later, still a bit on the hello-may-I-offer-you-some-candy-in-my-van side, we’re more than happy to shove this Polaroid back in the drawer with our scrunchies and Spice World VHS.

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By lol on April 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

My high school used that kind of head for our mascot.

By MG on April 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

With regard to the Penn mascot, I can say that the University has had two mascots. The first, which was used in the early twentieth century, was intended to portray Benjamin Franklin. Penn’s athletic rivals, however, often thought the mascot was William Penn, the Quaker founder of Pennsylvania. William Penn, however, was not associated with the University (Franklin was!). But, as a result of this confusion, the University changed the mascot to the “Penn Quaker” (date uncertain), which, as you know, represents an eighteenth-century figure with square eyeglasses and a wig.

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