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From the Peddie Chronicle.

Where in the world did you find that?

Collecting Peddie memorabilia is a labor of love for Adam Maselli '94

Adam Maselli '94

Adam Maselli ’94 has amassed a spectacular collection of Peddie memorabilia over the last two decades. Pennants, postcards, programs, pins, photos and more dated as far back as the late 1800s, nearly all purchased online, are all meticulously preserved in his home outside Philadelphia.

But it’s not just the objects that Maselli holds dear. It’s the stories connected with these treasures that make him light up.

Of the thousands of items in his collection, Maselli said one of his favorites is a gently worn program from Peddie’s Declamation Contest, held in the Hightstown Baptist Church on South Main Street on the evening of June 12, 1911.

“That was when the church was struck by lightning and caused a fire. You can see the water damage here,” said Maselli, pointing out stains on his century-old treasure in front of a few delighted Peddie employees he invited to peruse his archives. As reported in The Freehold Transcript several days later, a violent thunderstorm spread over the borough that night, causing the electricity to go out in the church, where more than 500 people had gathered for the Peddie event.

“Principal Swetland assured the audience that there was no danger. He requested the orchestra to play and some gentlemen to light the oil lamps,” Maselli read from a copy of the Transcript. “As he had prevailed on the audience to resume their seats, someone entered the front door and cried, ‘Fire, get out and save your lives!’”

“That story really touches me,” added Maselli. “Fortunately, nobody was hurt.”

Lightning struck the Hightstown Baptist Church on South Main Street on the evening of June 12, 1911.

Other standout items in Maselli’s collection include a program from the 1899 football season and a wool baseball uniform. Recent additions include a football signed by Larry Kelley ’33, the first Heisman Trophy winner, and Nelson Diebel’s ’90 Olympic tickets for the men’s 100-meter breaststroke and men’s 4x100-meter medley relay events, for which he won gold medals.

Maselli’s obsession with Peddie memorabilia is so profound that he has begun collecting items that are only tangentially Peddie-specific. Take, for example, his copy of a 1957 yearbook from Mountain Lakes High School, where former Head of School Tom DeGray graduated. Or letters signed by Walter Annenberg ’27 (Maselli visited Annenberg’s old office at the former TV Guide headquarters in Radnor, Pennsylvania.).

The former Peddie varsity basketball captain and track team captain said he developed a passion for the school’s history shortly after graduation. 

“I’m always researching old stories in newspaper archives, and I share them periodically with my classmates, who always reply, ‘Where in the world did you find that?’”

Maselli's Peddie Memorabilia

Programs, postcards and correspondence dating as far back as the late 1800s
A sampling of Peddie pins
An early 20th century mug
A sampling of Maselli's sports memorabilia
A dirt-stained Peddie baseball uniform