Aerial with Antenna: March 1, 1959

So all my tech is up and running again but I’m completely swamped today and I’m giving a talk this evening so I have no time. I swear I will get to a discussion of the library tables next week! I know you’re all waiting for that.

In the meantime, here is an oddball picture from the Houston Chronicle, dated March 1, 1959. It isn’t especially sharp and the only way you can really see it is to click and zoom in. But I can’t recall ever seeing an image taken from this exact angle before and there’s a lot to be learned from close study, especially of the area around the dorms.

But one thing over in the Engineering Quad immediately jumped out at me. If you zoom in on Abercrombie you will see a tall antenna. I have been looking for that thing ever since I found these rascally EEs from the class of 1957 up on top of it, as discussed here:

Now I can rest easy.

Bonus: An alert colleague sends this from the RMC.


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7 Responses to Aerial with Antenna: March 1, 1959

  1. Galloway Hudson '60 says:

    O.K., is it just the engineer in me, or what? The cummings thing does does make much sense to me.

  2. I was really confused by the title, because “aerial” is a synonym for “antenna”. So it was like “antenna with antenna”.

    That does look like a nice steel radio tower.

  3. The aerial photo seems to be shot from pretty close to the top of Sid Rich, except that building didn’t exist yet.

  4. Deborah Gronke Bennett (BSEE Hanszen 1982) says:

    I note the swath of Harris Gully at the edge of what will become Weiss and Hanszen colleges.

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