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The Most Violent Snowball Fight In History

Written by: George Chittenden : 19 Jul 2019

This interesting photo was taken in 1893 and features three guys who have clearly been in a fight, but it’s not quite what you think. You would guess boxers from their battered faces, but they are actually students from Princeton who had taken part in the university’s tradition, a snowball fight. It happened annually between freshmen and sophomores and was even covered by the New York Times.

I guess in 1893 it escalated out of control, or the opposition played dirty and filled their snowballs with rocks. The three young men who feature in the photo are, from left, Darwin R. James, John P. Poe, and Arthur L. Wheeler.

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