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Hail to the Hills: It's All in the Postcards


By From the files of the UCLA History Project

Published Apr 1, 2010 9:00 AM

Building Peace

Next year, we celebrate the Peace Corps' 50th anniversary. Did you serve, train or teach? Send your stories, photos, film or journal entries or anything else of interest to or mail to:
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Bruins have held a longtime affinity for postcards. Since its earliest days on the Vermont Avenue campus, UCLA has been captured on cards sent to addresses across the globe or kept as treasured personal mementos. Here, we present a selection of vintage postcards showing signature scenes of UCLA over the years.


Do you have a favorite postcard to donate to our collection? Contact us at These cards and much more Bruin lore gathered by the UCLA History Project are featured in the first definitive UCLA history book in more than 40 years. Stop by the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA on April 24 and 25 to meet the author and learn more about the book. Be one of the first people to order your copy and receive a limited-edition bookmark.


This 1920s postcard captures the entrance to the original UCLA campus, first known as the Southern Branch of the University of California, located on Vermont Avenue.



The Men's Lounge in Kerckhoff Hall was a favorite hangout for male Bruins in the 1930s.



This snapshot (circa 1950s) captures Founders' Rock, which for years was a fixture in the middle of the roadway — until it was cited as a traffic hazard and moved to its current location in 1965.