I’ll be on the road this afternoon and evening so you get an early post today, just a couple of odds and ends. First, as I continued thinking about this picture
I recalled that before they were installed there had been considerable discussion about what the lamp posts should look like. Here’s a drawing made by Wilmer Waldo of his proposal, showing roughly the same area where the girls are posing:
I have to say that I think Lovett made the right choice. All those globes look too busy.
Second, I ran across this beautiful shot in Maxwell O. Reade’s scrapbook:
I’m curious about where precisely he was standing when he took it, but mostly I’m just glad he did. This is a unique picture. As usual, Reade labeled it–this time only with the date, 1938. You can see clearly that the allee between South Hall and West Hall is still a road, but even better there’s a great view of the long primrose hedge between the dorms and the football field. It looks enormous! Here it is at ground level:
Bonus: In a major surprise, they have a post with John Travolta in it up on the Glasscock School blog!
See you all back in Houston.
The Reade photo looks like it was taken from the “kitchen tower” of Baker College (called the “ninth entrance” during 1969-73), probably the fifth floor. In the early ’70s the Baker College president resided in the tower. An opening (perhaps a balcony?) from the second floor of this tower overlooked the Commons dining room on the inside.