What did NYU frat boys look like in the 1890s?

Meet the bros from Psi Upsilon fraternity, posing in their house at the college’s University Heights campus in the Bronx in 1897.

The photo comes from a fascinating historical timeline on New York University’s website.

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A bong (or a hookah pipe?), goofy hats, experiments in facial hair—they don’t look that different from the NYU students flocking to downtown pubs and dive bars today!

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3 Responses to “What did NYU frat boys look like in the 1890s?”

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  2. Life in a New York University dorm in 1897 | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] had fraternities back then too. Here, some 1890s bros smoke pipes and do bong […]

  3. F. Samuel Marchbanks Says:

    That does look a lot like someone’s homemade narghile.

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