As If On Cue, II

I don’t know why this happens.

This morning I picked up a packet of photographs of campus that were taken in the 1930s and this is what popped out:

Verne Simons 5049

Unless I’m badly mistaken those are the brand spanking new north stands in 1935, and by far the best image of them known to be in existence.

More later on who took them.



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9 Responses to As If On Cue, II

  1. marmer01 says:

    I think you have a guardian angel who finds stuff in the archives for you. Either that or a friendly ghost. Notice that the crosshatching in the end zone (and probably the yard lines) appears to be recessed rather than painted. Wonder when they stopped doing that?

    • vkbenson says:

      Probably with the development of artificial turf (thanks, Astrodome) and latex paints. When “chalk” was used to mark the field, recessed lines were required to keep the lines from becoming indistinct or disappearing during play or bad weather.

  2. Melissa Kean says:

    I hadn’t thought of an angel! Maybe I should start paying closer attention to what’s going on around me . . .

  3. My son played on a few soccer fields where they “burned” the side lines. It can lead to weird “gutter balls” where a soccer ball rolls along the line and won’t go out of bounds.

    I think they might have stopped using grass killer on playing fields some time after Silent Spring was published. Or after Agent Orange.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Cool bonus pic!

  5. loki_the_bubba says:

    Are they finishing the brick front? I wish that had been retained when they tore it down a few months ago.

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