Blast from the past with Griffitti


In the 21st century, a large amount of our communication is done via technology.

Even we, the library, communicate largely online. Along with face-to-face and over the phone help, we have email, chat, and webforms. Then there’s our library blog, Twitter, Facebook, the library website

All this seems so normal now; do you ever wonder how university students survived before this?

Like, to research for an assignment before computers, students actually had to come into the library and use physical catalogues (they were cards, in tiny draws). No crtl + f. Imagine the effort in researching for an assignment!

And ever wondered what the 1970s equivalent of memes and gifs were? I mean, how did university students convey humour before they could tag their friend in a facebook meme?

Well, if you’re keen to find out, back in the 1970s when there was no internet, Griffith had a student magazine – Griffitti.

The pages of Griffitti were filled with funny cartoons, poems, photos, humourous pieces, and general content on student, university and political activities and news. All indicative of a time of social consciousness, liberation, and rock ‘n roll: the 1970s.

Check out the entire collection of Griffitti magazines on the Griffith Archive website, and get a feel for life without technology (scary thought, isn’t it?).