3 Princeton sophomores pose after a brutal, rock-laced snowball fight, 1893

By Abraham Piper


In this unhappy photograph from 1893, three members of Princeton’s class of 1895 show off their battered faces after participating in the erstwhile tradition of a yearly freshman/sophomore snowball fight…

Their appearance serves as some evidence that the teams’ snowball recipe may have included some slightly less benign ingredients than the pure, fresh-fallen snow.

I couldn’t find the story of this particular fight, but here’s how the New York Times recounted the previous year’s showdown on January 13, 1892…

(via Princeton, New York Times)