Freshman Beanies and Pins

The Freshman Beanie was introduced in 1920.  The original
style was a black cap with a red button on top and a green F attached to the
front of the cap.  These later gave way to a red cap with the class year of
the freshman prominently displayed in black on the front of the beanie.  The
caps had to be worn all year long unless the freshman were victorious in the
sophomore-freshmen day contest, usually consisting of a football game or other
athletic contests held in the Fall.
By 1967, the move had been made to require red
and black with “Davidson” on the front instead of the class
year.  This was done so the caps could be sold to the public. 1969 was the last year that the
freshmen caps were required.

beanie1949 beanie1955
beanie1969 beanie1961
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beanie1950 beanie1921
beanie1959 beaniecirca 1920s

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The Freshman Pin

pinFor several years in the 1920s and 1930s, freshmen
were required to wear a “Freshman Pin” either on the front of
their shirt or attached to their “Freshman Beanie.”
The Freshman I.D. Tag

pinThis nametag was worn by William H. Jetton, Class
of 1930.  All freshmen were required to wear their nametags until

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Author: Dustin Edge
Date: May 2001

Cite as: Edge, Dustion. “Freshman Beanies and Pins”
Davidson Encyclopedia May 2001 <>

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