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Happy Days

It was a time when the Colonial Cruise and Derby Days were the highlights of GW's social calendar, the university's football team played at RFK Stadium, and Quigley's was the place to be.

In honor of the 50th reunion of the class of 1961, GW's Special Collections Research Center has posted more than 100 photos of life at GW from 1956 to 1961 on the photo-sharing website Flickr. For a walk down memory lane—or to take a peek at what campus looked like a half-century ago—the photos are available for all to view at

—Kelley Stokes

Photos courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Gelman Library, The George Washington University

Ann Marie Sneeringer, BA '60, and Ed Rutsch, BS '59, try their luck at the hula hoop. Mr. Rutsch, who went on to become a professor and noted anthropologist, was GW's last All-American football player.

A student gets ambushed by a snowball outside of Linser Auditorium in 1958.

Students prepare to register for classes at the Hall of Government in 1957.

Students share a laugh on the Potomac during the Colonial Cruise, an event that took place during the university's annual spring festival in celebration of the end of classes.