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Periodical Room: 1953

Periodical Room: 1953

April 24, 1953. "Goucher College, Towson, Maryland. Library, periodical room. Moore & Hutchins, client." Just the place to peruse the latest issue of Speculum. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner Inc. View full size.


Ah Those Goucher Ladies!

I batted 100 % with those Goucher ladies in the late 50's.

I asked three of them out and all three of them said thanks but no thanks.

Classic MCM

The slat bench, coffee table is a classic piece and pretty collectible to aficionados of the period.

It looks a bit different now

Hard Surfaces

Perfect for maintaining the level of quiet needed in a library.

Looks like my college

I wouldn't be surprised if most of these furnishings were still in use thirty or forty years later, albeit with less floor space in between the shelves. And the surface-mount fluorescent fixtures with the egg-crate baffles remind me of many an exam, when the loud sixty-hertz buzz was most distracting. Modern fluorescent ballasts operate at frequencies beyond the range of human hearing, a development most welcome.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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