#ThrowbackThursday: Move-In Day 1952 Was Wild

By DJ Byrnes on August 21, 2014 at 1:34p
Move-in day 1952

Move-in day in 1952 [@OhioState, Twitter]

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The luckiest bastards in the word — the freshmen at Ohio State — will be moving into their dorms soon. (The most tragic thing is they think they understand the Candyland they've entered.)

To show Ohio State is still hip to the good word, their social media team tweeted out a #ThrowbackThursday picture from move-in day, 1952.

It's been haunting me for the last half hour. 

I guess 18-year-olds had less junk in 1952 than 2014, because I'd be damned if I was wearing church attire to move my daughter into what was apparently a janitor's closet in the bowels of a Cold War-era elementary school. (Don't worry, Diane! You'll be safe down here if the Russians ever bring nuclear war to Columbus!)

And why did they bring their Amish grandmother? Death is an everyday part of life on a farm. As her tight smile makes perfectly clear, she doesn't have time for frivolities like this.

Somebody needs to get lil' Susanne to the 1952 equivalent of Mickey Marotti. (Was Dr. Frankenstein alive in 1952?)

A shoebox, sister? THAT'S AN INEFFICIENT LIFT.

Also, the image totally flips in meaning too if you envision Diane's families smiles as true happiness to push the snooty bird out of the nest once and for all.

I need to stop thinking about this. It's just making me mad I'm not moving into my freshman dorm today.

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BucksfanXC's picture

I'm trying to think but I believe my grandfather would have been there that day. I should call him today.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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Oyster's picture

Maybe he did knows Diane?

May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!

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BucksfanXC's picture

I'll ask him. She looks memorable.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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Hovenaut's picture

Monday will mark the 20th anniversary that I moved into my freshman dorm (not at OSU, sigh).

All by my lonesome.

Of course, I was 21 years old and fresh out of the water (just completed my enlistment in the Nav). I still remember being pissed about having to live on-campus (required for all incoming freshmen attending full-time)...and this stupid little dry campus initiative...

By Halloween I was considering an offer to be an RA. I was also helping my fellow freshmen find, uh, weekend "entertainment". One of those ventures was lucrative, the other offered free cable tv.

I moved off-campus at year's end.

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

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Damonbuckeye's picture

I was also helping my fellow freshmen find, uh, weekend "entertainment".
LOL!!! Sounds like a pimp to me...

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Hovenaut's picture

That is a falsity, your honor.
 

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

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Earle's picture

Look, she has a hat box.  More people should wear hats.

Italics are for emphasis.

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Frimmel's picture

It is so difficult to find nice hats in anything other than "Baseball." It is such a shame.

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MAVBuck's picture

Thanks for the laughs to help pass the work day, DJ. If you're ever in the Toledo area there's a beer with your name on it.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Hell yea, appreciate it, Mavbuck. Love the Glass City.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

shadybuck's picture

Stop in the flag city and i gotchu DJ

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THE's picture

Glass City is where the real playaz hone they game!

Drivin > Disco > Drivin.
To the people in the bathroom, how's it going in there?

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faux_maestro's picture

Isn't that an NCAA violation?

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DCBuckeye33's picture

that's a creepy look for a dad/daughter goodbye...

GO BUCKS

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cpfanatik77's picture

Agreed. That's where I thought the question raising was coming from.

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MichaelJ721984's picture

Maybe us 3 are just perverts but I thought that as well lol 

Mookie331's picture

This sounds like the, is it her dad or boyfriend game? 

brandonbauer87's picture

I don't understand how they can be so happy. They must not have realized they forgot her tv. 

MackRM408's picture

That Mack Hall she's into babay

collisionbend's picture

Is that Mack? I was going to say it looks a whole lot like Baker...

"There's a fine line between perception and reality." -- Luke Fickell

 
shadybuck's picture

Looks like it could be somewhere in Baker East to me... and we know Baker was around that far back!

gunni070's picture

Big sis is all grown up and ready to party!  She's got an "I'll take it from here" look about her.

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MountainsAwait's picture

Brand new here...how do I "vote" on your funny comment to add +1 HS?  I thought it was by clicking on "+1 HS" but all that does is take me to the page explaining about how it all works...

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brandonbauer87's picture

You have to earn 100 +1's of your own to receive voting privelages. Here's one to get you started. 

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MountainsAwait's picture

Thanks for the clarification and votes!

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity..." -John Muir

THE's picture

This is like 10mins before Marty McFly smooches his mom. 

Drivin > Disco > Drivin.
To the people in the bathroom, how's it going in there?

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BuckeyeMark's picture

Anybody else think the Tough Guy Writer with an Attitude schtick being done regularly on 11warriors is wearing thin?  It can be funny ... and it can get very old (quickly).

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JBuckeye's picture

DJ has angst problems. I used to be annoyed by it, but now I love it. I suggest if you don't like it stop paying go somewhere else to get less than satisfactory Buckeye coverage.It's worth everything you've paid for it and more.

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charles's picture

The "free site/go somewhere else" argument is fine, but I think there's always room for suggestions for the staff.

No sense in becoming complacent with the content, even if it's free.

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BeijingBucks's picture

No complacency allowed. DJ stays. 

you on the other hand have to write a somewhat more elegantly coined treatise mustering your full repertoire of playful banter and persuasive reparte if you expect anything other than a negative response. 

The Kid has to cook buckeye crystal like every day, yo.  And all the other 'news' real journalists want to write about makes me numb. 

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

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DJ Byrnes's picture

1 correction: i am not tough

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Faded Trey's picture

oh well...you do have some interesting cropping skills though

DJ Byrnes's picture

At first I was like "What the hell are cropping skills?"

And then I looked at the header and said "How's this a bad crop?" 

.... And then I saw it. Loooool.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

AndyVance's picture

Anybody else think the Tough Guy Writer with an Attitude schtick being done regularly on 11warriors is wearing thin?  It can be funny ... and it can get very old (quickly).

Nope.

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BuckeyeVet's picture

Agreed. DJ is welcome to write the Skully for as long as 11W can talk him into staying.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

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THE's picture

DJs writing is phenomenal. I don't want some BS lowest common denominator regurgitation of information. I really enjoy the takes, pictures he paints, the analogies and the cultural references used. 

The fact that people come here, read his pieces for free, then bitch about makes me like his writing even more. It reminds of Howard Stern's early numbers where the polls showed that his fans listen for half an hour at a time and those who hated him listened for an hour at a time, just to see what he'd say next. 

Drivin > Disco > Drivin.
To the people in the bathroom, how's it going in there?

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ULuvLucy's picture

Look at those socks with those shoes. The 50s look like a terrible time for fashion.

BrutusBlock O

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BuckeyeVet's picture

Yeah, not a good look. But at least by the time I got there the girls were wearing sandals, had lost the socks, and had skirts made out of less material than a kleenex. Showing my age, I'd say!

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

 

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Nutty's picture

You have to keep it all in perspective. Pants below the butt would have been considered horrid fashion in most times but was/is all the rage. Those socks with those shoes look great to me in comparison. The mullet, harem pants and greasy hair. Even tie dye has made a comeback.
 

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BuckToAsT's picture

I moved into Ohio State 10 years ago!!! What I would give to go back.

I feel old.

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Nutty's picture

I agee Bucktoast. I'd love to go back myself. My life since OSU has been wonderful and I wouldn't trade it for anything but the college days are to be savored. I'm not sure I will ever be able to convince my kids of this. That is why I totally understood Sullinger coming back for his sophomore season. Money will buy a lot of things but it can't buy time.

Walt Keys's picture

That exit sign, though...

DJ Byrnes's picture

damn that is pretty icy

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Kurt's picture

Noticed that as well, just beat me to it Walt!

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Jeeves's picture

4 well dressed people, none obese, and the gentleman not wearing shorts, how we have devolved.

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AndyVance's picture

Amen, Jeeves.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Segregation still existed, sooooo.

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AndyVance's picture

...and there's that trademark #hottake I was looking for.

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Nutty's picture

I'm not quite sure how to take this comment.

DJ Byrnes's picture

As a point of historical fact. People just always think "old times were better" when looking at a photo, but forget about some of the realities of the time. Not meant to start anything, just stating something.

Namaste.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Nutty's picture

 OK, got ya. At least in my mind it could have been taken the other way (meaning segregation leads to less fat people, more well-dressed people. etc.) Thanks for clarifying.

Young_Turk's picture

I love all the old-timey photo's that have been on 11W lately.  This one does have a creep factor (no offense to anyone's parent/gp, or ggp).  Look at that fine proboscis on GM.  

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

I see proud parents dropping off what might have been the first in their family to attend college.  I see a father who might have even served during the war, a mother who probably cleaned, cooked, canned, and was always there for her daughter. Not perfect times to be sure, but not really worthy of ridicule either.

I know, i know: "lighten up Francis". Sorry, i'm in a bad mood after having nightmares about torn labrums. 

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mr.green's picture

Meanwhile, at the Shoe, Woody was starting year 2.

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WC Buckeye's picture

And (amazingly) Joe Pa was only a second-year assistant at PSU. Woody was the man.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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Woody16111's picture

"Because I'd be damned if I was wearing church attire to move my daughter into what was apparently a janitor's closet in the bowels of a Cold War-era elementary school." 

You see there was a time when people felt you had to dress your best when you went into public. This was actually common place. Men used to wear jackets and ties and women would wear dresses. Look at the pictures of old OSU games - men in suits in ties in the stands.

Different times for sure, and in some cases better. I doubt these people would send their kids to school in t-shirts and mesh shorts on their first day of school like the kids I saw today. 

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AndyVance's picture

Having just arrived back home from the airport, I cringe at some of the sartorial choices people make when going out in public these days. We've lost any concept of self-respect, it seems (hyperbole for effect).

DJ is right, sometimes we overly romanticize how good the good ol' days really were, but everything that comes with the March of Time isn't great, grand and glorious, either.

Brutal Brutus's picture

You know that as soon as "Mike, Carol and Cindy" split, Marsha is hitting the High Street pavement....

Fear the Nut...

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Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

"Bye Daddy.  Thanks Momma" said Diane as her parents relucantly let their baby go.  "Sheesh", thought DIane, "I wish they would get the heck out of here.  That boy from Lakewood I met as we were walking past Barrett House was cute.  I need to go find him and figure out why I feel so funny and light headed."

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

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blu.fan's picture

Bittersweet photo. I've seen pictures of my mom from that era, who was in college in the early 50's. She is gone now, and it reminds me that time stops for no one. A few years ago while on campus for a game, in a crowd of students, I realized that I was no longer anything like one of them. Instead, I was old enough to be their dad. Now my daughter is a 21 year old in the Navy, and I continue to get older. Great memories of being young once, and all the excitement of being a freshman. I suppose part of going back to games has to do with hanging on to those good memories.

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