Looking Towards Downtown, 1957 and 1916

I’ve still been working my way through the David Davidson ’58 slides and I’ll have a long post about a particular series of them soon. But in the meantime here’s one that  instantly struck a chord:

What I love about this is that it replicates one taken by our old friend Carl Knapp ’16 from the top of the campanile, I think sometime right around the end of classes in 1916:

Bonus: I’ve walked past this sign in Duncan Hall many times.

I have no idea why it took me so long to think to open the other door. Here’s what you see when you do:

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2 Responses to Looking Towards Downtown, 1957 and 1916

  1. Galloway Hudson '60 says:

    I’m curious to know how “our old friend” got to the top of the Campanile in 1916. 40 years later, in 1956, two sophomores tragically died of carbon monoxide poisoning when they attempted to take a tire up the Campanile and out of the reach of some freshman during Freshman Guidance. I was in that freshman class, and Freshman Guidance changed dramatically from 1956 to 1957. Perhaps the kids were much smarter in 1916 and checked for CO before climbing inside the Campanile.

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