30s Snapshot 1930

  • What was hot: suntans (called "sunburns" at the time) became fashionable in the early 1930s.
  • Fashions: men sported fedoras (worn at a rakish angle), wide, colourful ties, and double-breasted suits with large shoulder pads and straight-leg wide trousers. The zipper also became common.
  • Favourite spot on campus: the Memorial Room at the Students’ Union – “a tremendous place to study.”
  • Favourite Kingston haunt for many classmates: the Lasalle Hotel for Saturday night dances.
  • Hit song: “Begin the Beguine” by Artie Shaw.
  • Most esteemed professor: Norman MacLeod Rogers, professor of political science, prior to his departure to assume a cabinet post in the Mackenzie King government in 1935; namesake of Kingston’s airport.

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