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This section contains some early examples of freshman broadsides. These differ from the majority of rules posters in the exhibit, which list rules that freshmen must obey at their peril. In the 1870s, while there were most certainly rules for freshmen to follow, they seem to have been few in number and limited to cardinal sins likely to have been passed down orally, or at least without the aid of a printing press. Rather than setting forth rules, broadsides during the last third of the nineteenth century seem often to announce the elimination of one rule or another. Two of the earliest examples on display - one from Princeton dated November 1870, and another from Amherst dated March 1876 - both announce the removal of the prohibition against the carrying of canes by freshmen, a "reward" for their good behavior. The 1866 Yale broadside ("Police, Do Your Duty") is a satire mocking the public outcry in New Haven following the Sophomore-Freshman "riot." Until 1866, the event had never been referred to as a riot; but this became its unofficial name in subsequent years.

The large Penn State, 1916 poster also in this section is an outstanding example of the standard rules-for-freshmen broadside. Its interesting and plentiful illustrations, its grand size, its polychromatic printing, and its classic set of rules which use a thesaurus-quality vocabulary, typify the genre at its most elevated level. The poster itself does not mention Penn State; however, it can be located by its poster-within-a-poster, a PSU signature design, and the library tower in the background (no longer standing but visible in contemporary photographs) confirms the identification. (For more Penn State posters, see "MISERABLE MISGUIDED MUTTS").