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Living Yearbook: Cars through CSU history

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When thumbing through an old yearbook or magazine, one thing immediately jumps out at me: the cars of the time. Most commonly used to describe old cars, “they just don’t make them like they used to” is a phrase we’ve all heard before. When it’s uttered, it spurs most people’s imaginations to sea foam green ‘57 Chevrolets, drive-in theaters and giant boats on wheels. Personally, when I hear this phrase, I think of the lack of crumple zones, no airbags, front hood ornaments that would work better as skewers than a vehicle badge and Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed.”

In 1908, Henry Ford revolutionized the world with the introduction of the Model T, and Colorado State University had already been around for almost 40 years at this point. Needless to say, our beautiful campus has seen the conception, introduction and development of the beautiful automobile. With the development of cars came the augmentation of campus, leading to more parking (some would say not enough), parking tickets and even electric vehicle charging stations. In its 151-year lifetime, CSU has seen the mass production of the Model T to the introduction of Tesla — a lot of development, but nothing really changes too much. Cars are here to stay even if they don’t make them like they used to.


A plethora of cars sit parked somewhere on Colorado State Universities Campus. This picture was taken in 1983. (Via Silver Spruce)

Luke Bourland can be reached at or on Instagram @lukemcduff.

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Luke Bourland, Photo Director
Luke Bourland is a history major from Durham, Connecticut. Bourland is studying history in hopes of going to law school in the fall 2022 semester after graduation. In terms of which law school Bourland wants to go to, he likes to joke, "I will attend anywhere that'll have me!" Bourland has been taking pictures recreationally for most of his life but did not officially join The Collegian until the beginning of his sophomore year in 2019. Bourland originally joined The Collegian to develop his skills and to photograph out of his comfort zone. During his time at The Collegian, Bourland has held positions such as freelance photographer, media archivist, assistant photo editor, photo editor and finally, photo director. As the photo director, it is Bourland's job to make sure the paper is accompanied with beautiful pictures alongside the photo editor. Bourland has photographed events ranging from speeches and galas to football and basketball games. In his free time, Bourland is an avid golfer, fly-fisherman and still loves to take pictures recreationally. Differing from the style of photography at The Collegian, Bourland enjoys slowing down and shooting landscapes and portraits on film. Bourland first learned how to develop film with a friend in the bathrooms of Corbett Hall, stuffing towels under the doors to avoid any light leaking in. No matter where life takes Bourland, he hopes that photography will always be there along the ride.  

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