While I was looking at some old slides the other day, I found one that made me really happy. Even several days later I’m nearly beside myself with glee. One day in 1952 someone climbed to the top of the east stands in the football stadium and took a picture looking towards campus. It’s an odd photograph–I’m not really sure what the person who took it was trying to capture. But for me, it’s a dream come true because it shows all the stuff that nobody ever takes pictures of. You have to click on it and zoom in, and even then it’s not the clearest picture I’ve ever seen, but you can find all sorts of wonders.
There’s a smoldering pile of trash, what seems to be a row of hay bales, and–lo and behold–several sheds of the sort that might house mules and mowing equipment. I’m not finished studying this one, but I couldn’t wait to share it.
Bonus picture: Here’s another thing no one would ever take a picture of. It’s a manhole cover, underneath the trees in the middle quad by the RMC. I thought it looked pretty and it’s message is a little mysterious: “Clean water, clear choices.”