FSU Archives and Special Collections
By: Laura Stagliola – Archives Student Assistant
Have you ever thought about the graphics and illustrations within the Dial and The Gatepost? We mostly think about clip-art or candids, but students designed elaborate, or simplistic, cartoons and drawings as space holders throughout the college’s yearbooks and newspapers. The Archives and Special Collections of Framingham State University is exhibiting “Retrospective Exhibit: Illustrations from the Dial Yearbooks and Early Gateposts” from November through December 2013 as a comprehensive overview of the graphics within the Dial and the headers of The Gatepost. Spanning from the first floor to the mezzanine (“The Pit”), this exhibit contains a variety of yearbooks, newspapers, graphics, and graphic artists dating from 1915 to 2005.
Special attention has been given to the early years of the Dial, before the age of clip-art, due to the yearbook club members who put so much hard work into their designs and cartoons to make the yearbooks unique. Artists are highlighted with red backgrounds and are generally featured next to their artwork. One piece viewers should not overlook is the border of the bulletin board. There the headers of The Gatepost are displayed showcasing the changes the design underwent over the years from 1932 to the Hatepost (1969), to the 75th (2007) and 80th (2012) anniversaries. The exhibit is in chronological order starting on the bulletin board covering years 1915-1932, and then continues over to the first floor display cases with the years ranging from 1933-1958, and finally to the main floor lower reading room (the pit) carrying you from the 1960s through 2000s. Don’t miss the special section from 1974-1978 when “April Fools” Special Editions were printed. The last Dial yearbook was printed in 2005.