Pointless Musings from My Sickbed

Some of you might have gotten the impression over the years that these posts are essentially random. This is because they are. I don’t have all that much time to spend on hunting specific things down for no good reason (although–here’s a contradiction–I admit that sometimes I do just that). Anyway, the only benefit of having been so sick the last few days was that I could lie on the couch and browse through the images that I have saved on my laptop.

There was, in fact, something specific that I was looking for. I’m sure that, like me, none of you have been able to forget this anomalous lamp post, last seen in a post about a piece of outdoor sculpture installed in 1962 for the Semicentennial:

Semicentennial sculpture

I’ve always wondered how and when that got there and when it went away so I started looking in a very relaxed sort of way, scrolling through the images. Right off the bat I found this one dated (alleluia) 1954. I have zero idea of who the students are but you can clearly see what the weird globe looks like:

New lamp post Dearmond scrapbook 1954

I couldn’t find any other photos of this spot with the lamp there but then this caught my eye:

Gym1950

It’s dated 1950 but I’m not sure I believe that. Going by the landscaping I’d guess it was taken a year or two later but there can be little doubt that the lamp post was installed there in 1950 when the gym was finished.

But here’s the one I was really not expecting:

Engineering quad with annex mid60s Sims

It must have been taken at roughly the same time as the semicentennial  sculpture photo, maybe a little after as the engineering annex the preceded Ryon Lab is still there. My best guess is that they bought these for the new gym and then started using them to replace broken ones wherever they were needed.

All I can say is that I hope they were on sale because they are ugly.

I’ll be back at school tomorrow.

Bonus:

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8 Responses to Pointless Musings from My Sickbed

  1. francis eugene 'gene' pratt says:

    “… they are ugly”
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    And even a lamp post has a mother.
    And lamp posts need love too.

  2. Carolyn Brewer says:

    Probably Terry Loukes (not sure of spelling), definitely Phyllis Phair & Leonard Jarrett from class of 1958.

  3. Keith Cooper says:

    Nice view of the front of Chem Lec before it was obscured by the trees and the extension to Anderson Hall

  4. Keith Cooper says:

    Also, in the first photo, is that a leaning Italian cypress tree?

    • francis eugene 'gene' pratt says:

      Keith,
      You see a ‘leaning cypress” in the FIRST photo?
      Have my voices been talking to you also?

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