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Identifier: MF026

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This single item is a decal promoting Georgia Tech school spirit.


  • undated


General Physical Description note

(one archival folder)

Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


0.05 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Georgia Tech decal is black, yellow, and white and reads, "Georgia Tech: A Rambling Wreck and a Helluva Engineer."

History of Georgia Tech Decal

Like most other American colleges and universities, the Georgia Institute of Technology has produced numerous items such as buttons, decals, and other paraphernalia to promote school spirit. The "Rambling Wreck" reference used in many of these items is a quotation from one of the traditional school songs, known as either "Ramblin' Wreck," "Rambling Wreck," or "Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech." This song's lyrics first appeared in the 1908 Blueprint, the school's yearbook. In that publication, the conclusion of every verse is given as follows: I'm a rambling wreck from Georgia Tech, and the ---- of an engineer. The publication leaves out the word "hell" each time it occurs. According to an oral history by Harold D. Cutter, the phrase "rambling wreck" itself may date from as early as the 1880s. At first, it may have been used in reference to the students at Georgia Tech, but in modern times it also refers to a Model "T" Ford decked out in the school colors, which makes appearances at home football games.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


Accession #2001.132.

General Physical Description note

(one archival folder)

Processing Information

Jody Lloyd Thompson described this item in 2002.
Inventory of Decal (Georgia Institute of Technology), undated
Jody Lloyd Thompson
Copyright 2002.
Description rules
finding aid updated using rlg best practice guidelines for encoded archival description.
Language of description
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA