The MIT Icicle

Back in January 1960, the craze that swept college campuses was creating massive icicles. And students at MIT took top honors by creating a four-story icicle down the side of Baker House. In fact, they declared it to be the largest man-made icicle ever created.

As reported in an Associated Press story about it from Jan 1960:

"They tied an ice cube to a string and lowered it from their window. Then a trickle of water was siphoned from a barrel down the string. By using colored water at times, they got a red, white and blue icicle, which at one point is about 14 inches wide."

The icicle only existed for a few days before it was destroyed, for safety reasons, by the campus authorities.

Unfortunately I couldn't find any color photographs of it, but these are some news photos of it I found. There's a brief article about it at the MIT Museum.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 02, 2014
Category: Fads, 1960s, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia





Comments
This doesn't look to be a free standing? icicle more like a flow clinging on the side of the building.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/02/14 at 09:53 AM
I would like to see it in color too! Bet it looked like a big rocket pop! LOL cool smile
Posted by Tyrusguy on 08/02/14 at 09:57 AM
At last! A reasonable excuse to buy one of those old missile silos! Imagine making an icicle two hundred feet tall! You'd be in the record books forever!
Posted by Phideaux in his own little world on 08/02/14 at 04:11 PM
These are not in the same class as real icicles or stalacites.
It should be "Ice-drool".
Posted by BMN on 08/02/14 at 07:57 PM
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