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

By Abraham Piper

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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)

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