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Happy birthday, Tommy! Trojan Shrine was unveiled 87 years ago

The icon, modeled after a number of USC football players, represents the five qualities of a Trojan: faithful, scholarly, skillful, courageous and ambitious

Then and now Tommy Trojan
Composite/Courtesy of USC Libraries, left, and Gus Ruelas

Unveiled 87 years ago today, USC’s Tommy Trojan statue has long served as a handy meeting spot. Known as the Trojan Shrine, the sculpture created by Roger Noble Burnham remains ageless, while fashion, landscaping and students’ preferred modes of transportation shift with the sands of time. See how many differences you can spot between these scenes, photographed in the 1940s and 2014.

Happy birthday, Tommy! Trojan Shrine was unveiled 87 years ago

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