Maggots, you lowly, pus-dripping, stinking, contaminated, infected snakes. . .




A broadside which was presumably posted on campus to terrorize freshman, at an unfortunately unknown university. The vitriol poetically flows from the Class of ’34 in a Clark Griswold-esque tirade – ultimately with the measly, wimpy, etc., demand that the freshman refrain from smoking cigarettes on campus.

As collector and curator Peter Zinman stated in the introduction to his 2008 exhibition “Oh Fresh!” at the University of Pennsylvania, “[t]hese flyers and posters, typically authored by sophomores, proclaimed the rules by which incoming freshmen must abide. . . The tradition of posting such rules proliferated at the turn of the last century, when colleges began to clamp down on more violent forms of hazing. The rules then became a "benign" form of hazing, although punishments for breaking them might still be carried out by a dunking in a local river or a swift paddling by a gang of sophomores.” Available at http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/ohfresh/introduction.cfm.

[size]. About very good with creasing, previously folded in half, and significant staining/remnants to the rear as it was removed from a scrapbook. As may be expected, we cannot locate any other copies on Worldcat as of October 2020 and does not appear to be in the Zinman collection.




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