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Ypsilanti women from Michigan State Normal College in Ypsilanti picket U-M men in front of Angell Hall, May 1940

Ypsilanti women from Michigan State Normal College in Ypsilanti picket U-M men in front of Angell Hall, May 1940 image
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Ann Arbor News, February 11, 1973
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From Our Pictorial Archives, Ann Arbor 1940: "Oh, Ypsi girls are very fine girls, With codfish balls they comb their curls." Those lines from the song, "Michigan Men," were never meant to "turn on" coeds from Michigan State Normal College in Ypsilanti (now Eastern Michigan University), but it was not the song but an article in the Michigan Daily, U-M student newspaper, that aroused the ire of these Ypsilanti coeds back in May 1940. They came in a busload to picket U-M men in front of Angell Hall. Their protest signs were a forerunner of the demonstrations in the '60s. Many of the girls were wearing ankle socks, and some had the seamed silk stockings that preceded nylon--they didn't come onto the scene until later. A year or two later many of these young men would be in uniform.
Month
May
Year
1940
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