Through an endless appetite for dry, tedious detail.
About two and a half years ago we had a discussion in the comments to this post about what those two little structures near the end of the hedges might be:
They’re odd little things, with some kind of flooring, a pretty striped canvas on top and some festive garlands wound around the legs. I’ve since come across another picture that seems to have been taken on the same day that reveals there were two more of them at the Administration Building side of the quad:
I still wasn’t sure what they were for, though. Then last week I was going through a box of very early business records and as soon as my eyes fell on this page I understood: they’re refreshment stands. We can now rest easy.
Two things jump out at me. First, the agreement calls for the stands to be erected during the night before the big opening ceremony on October 12, so that dates these photos as the morning of that day. Second, the contract is post-dated. One suspects that there was something close to chaos during the final run-up to the event.
Bonus: It’s been very wet, which is actually kind of nice. It makes the campus look green and lush.