Easter’s, UVA, circa 1950


Kappa Sigma at UVA circa 1950 in a rare early color image from the Roseberry Collection. Ed Roseberry experimented with color film as early as 1948 but many of the early color negatives haven’t held up well over time. The film from this particular photo shoot of an Easter’s party is well-preserved. We have scanned the negatives but have not yet confirmed the year.
Ed took several shots of this party from the rooftops of the surrounding fraternity houses.
A few cars are parked along Rugby Road and the sports field behind Madison Hall (“Mad Bowl”) can be seen here in the upper right corner of this photo.

A couple of decades later Easter’s would grow in size and become a nationally known partying event, packing Mad Bowl and the surrounding streets, with students traveling to UVA from other schools.  But in the early 50s it was relatively tame and confined by the decorated fence seen here.

 All photographs © Ed Roseberry and scanned and digitized by CHIL.




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