Friday Follies: Noon

I love this picture taken by Neil Brennan. I also love that he labeled it simply “Noon.”

New Noon admin parking lot Neil Brennan 1941

What I don’t know is how he took it.

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11 Responses to Friday Follies: Noon

  1. Leoguy says:

    Mr. Brennan clearly had the “eyes” of a photographer. Very nice photo!

  2. joecwhite says:

    he took it from the window just right of center in this photo of the Sallyport. http://www.portraits.rice.edu/images/Sallyport1.jpg

  3. Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

    The walkers are leaving strange shadows for “noon”. Was Houston on ‘Daylight Savings Time’ then?

    • David M. Bynog says:

      Year-Round DST (also called War Time) was in effect from February 9, 1942, to September 30, 1945, as part of the US’s involvement in WW II. I see that Melissa labeled Brennan’s Chemistry Building photo as 1942, so this photo might also fall into this “All DST, all-the-time” period.

      • vkbenson says:

        It was officially called War Time, and one purpose was to reduce the time difference between Washington and London by one hour, thus facilitating communication between Roosevelt and Churchill.

        • Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

          I am 80+ years old, and I do NOT remember “War Time” time.
          How unusual it is for me NOT to remember* something.
          🙂

          * No split infinitives for me; I took Mr. Thomas’ scientific English class!

  4. Kathy says:

    What a beautiful lot of gorgeous old cars!

  5. marmer01 says:

    Yep. Nothing post-’41 here, which unfortunately could be anywhere from 1942 to early 1946 from the point of car spotting.

  6. Ed Summers says:

    That photo’s shadows are different for the cars than they are for the people. Could the photographer have “messed” with that photo?

    • almadenmike says:

      I doubt it. I think the shape of the cars (peaked in the middle, with wide sideboards and fenders that don’t contribute much to the shadow) and the varying perspective in the photo (from near straight down over the foreground folks to a more oblique view of the cars in the distance) makes the cars’ shadows look shorter than those of the people. While I haven’t measured them, however, I’d bet that all the shadows extend about the same distance from their peak heights.

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