Nu Delta of Phi Mu Delta
Photographs of our "good old days" grouped by year

posted by Robert L. Baber, 1958
2005 June 19

Those brothers of Nu Delta of Phi Mu Delta at M.I.T. who lived in the house at 460 Beacon St. between 1954 and 1958 may remember that I took a number of pictures of our various activities during those "good old days". I have kept all my slides all these years and have, for the last several years, wanted to convert them to digital files and post them on my home web server for all to enjoy. I have finally finished this project for my undergraduate and first graduate years. I may add pictures from later years to this collection if and as I find relevant ones.

Looking at these pictures again after so many years brought back many fond memories to me. I hope and believe that you, too, will enjoy remembering our various experiences together. So look at these pictures, have a few laughs and shed a few tears of emotion, too. Those days are long since gone, but we can relive them in our memories. I hope that these photographs will help you to do so.

Each group of photographs offered below contains pictures of memorable people and events at Nu Delta of Phi Mu Delta fraternity at M.I.T. and other pictures of M.I.T. and vicinity taken during one academic year. For each of my undergraduate years, two series of pictures are offered: one containing only selected pictures and the other containing my complete collection. The complete collections for 1954 to 1958 contain repetitions and some pictures of particularly bad quality, so I suggest that you start with the selected pictures.

Click on the appropriate line below for selected pictures only of the year:

Click on the appropriate line below for the complete collection of pictures of the year:
You will notice that the quality of the pictures varies considerably. These pictures were taken on 35mm slide film about half a century ago with an inexpensive camera (remember our student budgets?). Over the years the slides were stored in various conditions of temperature, humidity and dusty air and were transported a number of times within the U.S.A. and to Germany, Canada and Ireland. Despite Kodak's warning on the film packages, the colors have not deteriorated as much as I was afraid they would. Actually, we have probably deteriorated more than these pictures have in the intervening years -- look at the pictures of yourselves in this collection and decide for yourselves.

The slides were converted to digital images by the simplest, fastest and cheapest way I could find: Each slide was projected onto a screen, the image photographed with a modern digital camera, and the files then transferred to a computer. The projector and the camera are of good but not professional quality.