From the Archives IV: The View from 1944

Editor’s Note: As SAGLRROILYBYGTH are sick of hearing, I’m just about finished with my book about the history of evangelical higher education. As always, there was a ton of great material I couldn’t fit in. I’ll share some of the archival gems here.

What did life look like at Moody Bible Institute in the 1940s? Thanks to one student scrapbook preserved in the archives, we have a couple of great souvenir postcards from the era to give us a hint.

1940s postcard dining room

Students fought hard to be able to eat with members of the opposite sex.

1940s postcard library

Getting those dispensations right…

1940s postcard proposed auditorium

Big plans for the future…

1940s MBI banner and patch

Rah rah.

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  1. Agellius

     /  August 29, 2017

    Those are so great. It looks like the three-piece suit was the school uniform.

    • And it stayed that way for a long time. From the Moody Memo, August 1, 1969, pg. 3:
      “Blue jeans and T-shirts are to be worn only for sports activities or employment that demands such dress. Conventional haircuts are acceptable, but long hair, long sideburns, beards and ‘Fu-manchu’ moustaches are not allowed. Shoes or sandals are not be worn without socks.”


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