This is quite an odd photo. It looks to be three baseball players plus one football player. At least, he’s wearing a different kind of uniform and he seems to have a football tucked under his arm.
But where are they? I’ve looked at this until I’m almost dizzy and I’m still not sure. I think the building under construction must be West Hall and they’re standing on its west side. That would make some sense, as the baseball field was quite near there. Here are a couple of construction pictures (obviously taken somewhat earlier in the process) where you can see the wooden wall:
That would mean that Main Street is behind them, which is plausible. But friends, I am deeply troubled by those gravel walks. They just don’t seem right. Just for some perspective, here’s an aerial shot of campus from the mid-1920s:
Someone please put me out of my misery and tell me what I’m missing.
Bonus: My last plea for memorabilia has yielded something both unexpected and totally awesome. Alert reader Jeff Ross realized that he had this amazing thing gathering dust in his garage and knew that it should be shared. He says he got it at a garage sale about thirty years ago, but I’d bet it’s significantly older than that.
Yes, that is a hand-carved wooden Rice Owl toilet seat. We’re still thinking about the best way to display it.