Saint Mary’s College of California Commemorates Anniversary of Classic 1950s LIFE Magazine Photo
Saint Mary’s Students Continue in Stuffing Tradition
What: An event commemorating the March 1959 LIFE photo of 22 Saint Mary's College students crammed inside a telephone booth. This month teams of Saint Mary's students - more accustomed to iPhones than pay phones - will battle to best the alumni record, squeezing as many as possible into a phone booth. The College will also recognize those who contorted themselves for history's sake in 1959. When: 1 to 2p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Where: Chapel Lawn, Saint Mary's College of California 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94556 Background: In the 1950s telephone booth stuffing was an international fad. In the fall of 1958 Saint Mary's students crammed into a wooden phone booth to beat the world record. A Bay Area photographer and freelancer for LIFE heard about it and 22 students repeated the prank for him. The photo became a classic image of Americana and part of LIFE's 100 greatest pictures collection. Several former students who overpopulated the phone booth are still in the East Bay area, one is a professor at Saint Mary's. Fifty years ago the College was all male. However, in 1984 to acknowledge the Silver Anniversary, the event was restaged with two phone booths. One was crammed to capacity with female students and an alumna who participated in the female phone booth jam is now a Vice Provost for Saint Mary's.
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1959 home movie footage of event, 1984 photographs of silver anniversary event.
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