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Judging from this video, college life primarily consists of card games, boozing and developing forever friendships. Young men in three-piece suits cheerfully enter the ‘Café Plateau’ to pass time together. The excerpt is conveniently titled ‘The Best Days’. Soon many young people will again embark on the best years of their lives. We launch the new academic year with a good dose of nostalgia from the UGhent archive.

A lot has changed since this video was shot. It’s an understatement to say that today’s fashion is a little less formal than in 1950. The plethora of tuxedos is all the more striking because only one woman modestly walks into the picture. The absence of that ever-present smartphone also feels weird. Then again, no one looks surprised when a cigarette is lit inside the bar.

Images that seem so familiar yet so far away: thanks to the University Archive Ghent we can continue to enjoy them. They submitted this student video from the Flemish Technical Circle for the Image Capsule 2117.

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