1940's and 1910's were two very different
times for the United States and for Mount
Holyoke. While each decade had a World
and 1940 were very different in terms of
etiquette, clothing, economics, and the
ways and means of social interaction.
For students, life changed the most in
the ways that
their free time on campus.
A Surprisingly Raucous Time..... While
the students of the 1910's threw themselves
college activities, they had little time for
socializing. When they did get a free moment,
they socialized almost exclusively with other
students in their personal rooms upstairs.
Between the War Effort and Classes.....In
contrast, students of the 1940's did not
involve themselves in as many committees
and clubs and therefore had much more free
time. Most of this time was spent across
the street at Gleisman's Pharmacy,
or in the dorm living rooms and
quite frequently, in the company of men!