Three Unusual Early Images

I’m running from meeting to meeting today so I’m going to just toss these out for your edification. The first two are from the glass plate negative collection. As for the last one, I failed to note where I found it. This is inexcusable, I know, but I’m confident that I’ll eventually run across it again.

Front gate with workers GPN

The front gate, obviously, but I’m always alert for images that contain the people who actually built this place. I’m not sure exactly what they’re doing, although it clearly involves shovels.

Very Early view Entrance 2 GPN

And here’s Entrance 2, with tiny new saplings along the drive. There are very, very few photos of this view and this one is very early. It might be possible to figure out the year by looking at the bills from Teas Nursery.

Academic quad from Main Street 1916

This last one is a real beauty and it gives us some sense of scale. It was taken by someone standing out by Main Street–note the baby hedges in the foreground. I think 1916 is a reasonable guess for the date but you can’t really tell without seeing the dorms.

Bonus:Barn door 2012

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One Response to Three Unusual Early Images

  1. Deborah Gronke Bennett (BSEE Hanszen '82) says:

    Isn’t that third picture and earlier and more distant version of the photo two weeks ago of the girl sitting in the arches, with the Anderson campaign sign nearby? https://ricehistorycorner.com/2013/04/09/arches/
    I love the giant wooden barn-like doors on the Central Plant.

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