I’m back from vacation and, as I suspected, I’m going to have to scramble a bit to get caught up. One of the more interesting things I had in my inbox was a question from FE&P about the original lighting in the walkways in front of Fondren and the connecting walks to Anderson and Rayzor. In the end I couldn’t find the exact picture they wanted, but I did get to spend some time going through some old photos of the library that I’d never really examined before. Here’s a picture of the circulation area that was taken in May 1949, before the building’s official opening in November of the same year:
Very sleek, very modern, very different from the earlier campus buildings. But I do have one question. Click on the picture to enlarge it, then click again to zoom in. Notice the numbers up over the circulation desk? What’s that all about?