Guide to the Canes of the Dartmouth College, Rauner Special Collections Library, circa 1800 - 2008a Realia 535


The practice of carving senior canes began in 1885, when A. Herbert Armes, then a senior, asked his friends to autograph his walking stick before graduation. In the 1890s, Charles Dudley, Class of 1902, designed the now infamous Indian Head Canes, which became the most common cane carried by seniors. More recently, senior societies have designed there own canes, and an attempt to introduce an Eleazar Wheelock head cane was made.

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