One of the things that’s happened to me after spending all these years in the archives is that anything that looks even a little bit out of the ordinary jumps out at me like a bright flashing light. Sometimes this can leave me quite confused. I came across this picture a while ago and I was momentarily gobsmacked:
Wh–? What’s this? Where on earth was Mr. Schlueter standing when he took it? It took an hour for me to realize that he was roughly where the Cohen House parking lot is today. I’ve never seen a picture taken from that angle before. In retrospect, I think it was those bushes right in the tightest part of the curve that threw me off.
Bonus: A bit off topic, here. The television post the other day got me thinking about what is the oldest television I’ve ever personally seen. I think it must be this, which I came across in the attic of the Administration Building at Creighton. (This is one of the best attics I’ve ever seen, by the way. It’s like the wonderful land of Oz up there. We have nothing like it at Rice.) As I look at it, though, I wonder if it’s not a television at all but rather a monitor. Anyone have any thoughts? The name on the set is Conrac.