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title:

Students with Fire Bell Trophy

image number:

P0046825

description:

From page 1 of the January 10, 1947 issue of The Indiana Daily Student, in part: "Get That Gong! It's Bell 'n Bucket Now: The firewagon of Hoosierdom's basketball hysteria between Purdue and Indiana has acquired a new clang of its own! As a result, the Old Oaken Bucket is going to adopt a 'twin' brother to be kept in the wrangling family of the Purdue - Indiana hardwood squabbles. The Bucket's running mate is the Blue Key - Iron Key Fire Bell trophy - fitting emblem of supremacy of the Hoosier firewagon brand of basketball. The Indiana chapter of Blue Key...fertilized the idea of a token of victory...as a counter-part to the Old Oaken Bucket...Bloomington's Fire Chief Bernard Glover...presented the club with a fifteen-inch bell weighing approximately seventy-five pounds...Iron Key...at Purdue...[is cosponsoring] the Fire Bell trophy with the Blue Key...the silver-coated Bell was mounted on a wooden base. The victorious team will retain the Bell with the winner of the second game of the season tucking the Bell away until the subsequent campaign. Indiana victories will be signified with a miniature Blue Key...Purdue triumphs will be indicated by copies of the Iron Key..."

Some of this information was also reported on page 15 of the February 1947 issue of the Indiana Alumni Magazine. The bell is also pictured with members of Blue Key on page 329 of the 1947 Arbutus yearbook.

Indiana beat Purdue in the first "Fire Bell Trophy" game on January 13, 1947.

date taken:

1947 January 13

film code:

Kodak - Safety 53

photographer studio:

Photographic Services

donor image number:

47-26

accession number:

2000/003

copyright owner:

Indiana University

personal name:

Unknown Individual/s

corporate name:

Blue Key

corporate name:

Iron Key, Order of (at Purdue)

event name:

Purdue

event name:

Fire Bell Trophy

topic:

Bells

topic:

Basketball

topic:

Awards

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

series:

Groups