The University Archives are rife with amusing images that we like to share with you, dear readers. Please join us as we dissect how students used to live, in a feature we call “Dorm Living Throughout The Ages.”
1901, the Quad: Shit is eccentric! Check out the shoes nailed to the wall as decoration. And the letters hanging from the chandelier. And the pillows embroidered with Native American imagery. Fascinating.
What if someone told you that in the Quad, under all those tiny dorm rooms, under that Spring Fling moon bounce, under that grassy knoll of silly freshman year memories…there is a TIME CAPSULE?
What if that someone was us?
Indeed, it’s true! Underneath those looming gothic towers, somewhere, there is indeed a real time capsule. Matt Rosler of Penn alum blog Dueling Tampons dug up some old files from a funky little site called the American Time Capsule Database and found the true story about this blast from the past. The capsule, which weighs in at a whopping 450 pounds, was buried in 1940 to celebrate Penn’s bicentennial and holds a speech FDR gave at the celebration. The capsule is set to be unearthed in thirty years from now, in 2040. If you plan things correctly, your kids will be living in the Quad by then.
Several readers have written in to alert us that the trailer for Transformers 2 is online, and Penn’s quadrangle makes a rather prominent appearance about 20 seconds in. Penn geeks, what would we ever do without you? Check out the trailer below, or for a more clear version, click here.