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A Special Look Back

By Samantha Riggin VT’16, Corps Museum curator

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has a rich history filled with traditions, strength, perseverance, and just a bit of shenanigans. These photos are from the Corps Museum archives.

Two cars are parked in front of a store in a scene from the 1920s.
A Blacksburg street scene in the 1920s.
A drawing on the 1888 Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College commencement program.
The 1888 Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College commencement program.
A professor directs the retrieval of his buggy that cadets put on the Barracks No. 1 porch roof.
A professor directs the retrieval of his buggy that cadets put on the Barracks No. 1 porch roof.
An early 1930s rat parade in downtown Blacksburg.
An early 1930s rat parade in downtown Blacksburg.
A 1905 Bugle advertisement for cadet uniforms.
A 1905 Bugle advertisement for cadet uniforms.
A panorama of the regiment on Upper Quad in the late 1920s.
A panorama of the regiment on Upper Quad in the late 1920s.