Think you’ve got it rough in your dorm? Check out these pictures of dorm rooms from 1947.
Don’t like your new roommate? What if you had two dozen new roommates? Here’s a room of twenty-four-or-so prison-grade beds.
More after the jump.
Mid-century Tar Heels were pioneers of shabby chic. Who needs expensive carpeting when newspaper and cigarette butts do just as well?
The real hazard of dorm life in the mid-1940s was sudden and spontaneous self-explosion. Witness below the aftermath of such an incident.
Talk about a royal flush! Maybe, some students were tired of getting cheated every time they got up to use the toilet.
After the War, UNC had an influx of students on the G.I. Bill, more than could be accommodated, so Quonset huts (one of the many industrial byproducts of the war) were set up on tennis courts to serve as dorms. One returning soldier was heard to say that he’d lived in better conditions in the army than in these tin dorms. (You can see an exterior shot of the huts here.)
We at University Archives hope your living arrangements are more comfortable, if not necessarily more neat, than those of your forebears.
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