Congrats to the 1889 Yale grads from New York

It’s graduation season, so meet the 11 native New Yorkers in Yale University’s class of 1889. They’re posing at a dinner thrown in their honor at fancy restaurant Delmonico’s.


Born after the Civil War, these grads grew up in a fast-growing Gilded Age city. In four years, they’ll be facing the devastating economy of the Panic of 1893.

Apparently they were all jocks, as the dinner was “in commemoration of the victories won in recent years in rowing, base-ball, foot-ball and other athletic contests,” according to the caption.

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2 Responses to “Congrats to the 1889 Yale grads from New York”

  1. Yale Man Says:

    The dinner celebrating these athletes may have been held at Delmonico’s, but the photograph was more likely taken in New Haven, featuring as it does a standard photo backdrop of the Yale “fence.”

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Ah, good to know. If you follow the link to the photo, the menu or the dinner is included as well. But I guess the photo comes from CT.

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