Bosler Hall
CROC Tries to Move the Cartouche (1975-2000)

After its removal from Bosler in 1940, the Cartouche spent nearly 30 years in storage and another 30 on the edge of campus. No one seems to know why it was placed between Adams and Witwer Halls in 1968, although the graphic representation of the putti (or naked cherubs) may have been one factor. Cartouche
These figures have attracted the attention of Dickinson students over the years, including the addition of diapers made from plaster in the 1930's. In their place behind Witwer, the putti have had red paint applied to portions of their anatomy.
Noel Potter The Cartouche's location during the 1970's attracted the attention of Dickinson alumni and faculty. Professor Noel Potter recalled:
"The first I heard of the cartouche was about 1976 when Charles Daugherty (Dickinson '61) returned to Carlisle to practice law. He used to eat lunch and socialize with some Dickinson faculty and staff. Charlie mentioned the cartouche at lunch and suggested that it should be returned to its rightful place in front of Bosler Hall. Numerous conversations, half serious, half tongue-in-cheek, led to the formation of the Committee to Restore Our Cartouche (CROC). The ad-hoc CROC met off and on over a number of years, and wrote several letters to successive College Treasurers suggesting that the cartouche be moved."
CROC's efforts did help to get some publicity about the plight of the Cartouche. The May 1977 issue of The Dickinson Alumnus, featured a Weathervane column by Nancy Lee Winkelman, director of publications, discussing CROC and the history of the Cartouche. In 1993, an article in The Dickinsonian told the story for a later generation of students.

See the article in The Dickinson Alumnus.

See the article in The Dickinsonian.


While CROC tried to keep the plight of the Cartouche in the eye of the campus community, the putti languished in their place facing the Law School. They would have to wait until a new millenium to return to their home at the corner of High and College Streets.
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