Quiz on Little Known but Important Facts

Now that a review of Smith Day has jogged your memory, see if you can recall the answers to these questions.

When did Carolyn Farnand begin chairing the Children's Clothes Department?

in 1965.

When did Erwin Dick's Town and Country Caterers start serving at Smith Day, and for how long?

1956; and for 18 years.

When did the cocktail waitresses first start wearing aprons and why?

in 1957, because in 1956, the day was windy, and the dollar bills blew around so much that someone thought aprons with big pockets might increase profits.

How did the raffle begin?

in 1938, Mrs. Charles Case, and Mrs. Earl Partridge donated a glass topped white iron table, which was raffled off along with a gift donated by Miss Alice Bellows from her shop.

When did Smith Day assume its present position on the yearly calendar (the first Friday after Labor Day)?

in 1951 and from then on. Before 1951, the date was usually in late August, sometimes in mid-September.

When did Smith Day first have a theme?

in 1951. "It's a Circus."

What did we do with the "leftovers" before Phase II?

in the 40's and 50's they went to churches and community libraries -- later to the Vassar sale.

When did we begin to use our own first names, instead of our husband's when referring to each other in our reports, e.g., Marcia Brown, not Mrs. John Brown?

in 1957, Mrs. Wheelock Whitney became Irene. In 1958, all committee chairs were listed by their first names.

What caused the disappearance of the undergraduate skits, and undergraduate participation in general?

The last undergraduate skit, which compared life in Northampton with life in Zurich, was performed in 1949. During the 40's, however, because of the war, skits had been relegated to the back burner and were performed irregularly. When attempted revivals in 1953 and 1956 failed due to lack of undergraduate interest, the idea was shelved. Undergraduates *did* participate in Smith Day in other ways. Forerunners of Gail Blake modeled clothes from 1938 on. Beginning in 1934, undergraduates dressed in white served lunch and cocktails, but by 1958, they were barred from cocktail waitressing (too much sampling of the wares?) and were relegated to the selling of raffle tickets. During the 1960's freshmen often had to be in Northampton by Smith Day, and upperclassmen were "scattered far and wide". The last recorded participation by undergraduates was in 1967, as ticket sellers. By that time, in any case, it was no longer acceptable for the older generation to indoctrinate the younger into their ways, their traditions. Instead, the older was having to scramble to follow the younger.

And now? Do we detect signs of a reversal? Or is it only my imagination?

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