The College mascots: Phineas and Reggie
University College's was Phineas Maclino, a
wooden tobacconist's sign of a kilted Jacobite Highlander purloined from outside
a shop in Tottenham Court Road during the celebrations of the relief of
Ladysmith in 1900.
King's later addition was a giant beer bottle representing 'bottled youth'.
In 1923 it was replaced by a new mascot to rival Phineas - Reggie the lion, who made his debut at a King's-University College sporting rag in December 1923, protected by a lifeguard of engineering students armed with T-squares.
Thereafter, Reggie formed the centrepiece of annual freshers' processions by King's students around Aldwych in which new students were typically flour bombed.
In this exhibition
- Origins and mascots
- Origins of the Colleges' Contrasting Histories
- Student Rags: why and when did they become popular?
- The College mascots: Phineas and Reggie
- The College mascots: The perils of Reggie
- The heyday of the rag
- Later rags