College dances looked a lot different in the 1940s, and this photo of a Menlo College spring formal offers a glimpse of that era's traditional college ball.
The spring formal was held in Douglass Hall, according to the book, "Through the Gates: Eighty-five Years of Menlo College" by Pamela Gullard.
Menlo College had purchased the 52-room mansion, located just southwest of its El Camino Real campus, off Valparaiso Avenue, after the arrival in the mid-1940s of William E. Kratt, who served as the college's president until 1970, Ms. Gullard writes.
The Douglass mansion, which was home to noted inventor Leon Douglass and his wife, Victoria, has since been renovated and is now owned by the college's neighbor, Menlo School. (Photo from the book, "Through the Gates.")