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Fun photos I found today

I was looking for some photos for a researcher, and in the process I found these.  They have nothing to do with the research request, and none of them have any identification written on them, which is a common problem with many of our photograph collections.

Is this the 1930s’ idea of a sexy librarian?  This presumably shows the interior of Las Cruces’ old Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, built in 1935 and now home to the Branigan Cultural Center.

I believe these are student journalists, working on the next issue of the Roundup, the student newspaper for the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, now New Mexico State University.  Of course I like seeing the two typewriters.  They seem to be in an office supply store: the shelves behind them are full of boxes of pencils and paper.

And finally, this one:

I know this is eight months too early, but I thought it was just too funny.  I wonder if the skunk has had its spray glands removed – if not, that woman is certainly right to be afraid!  It’s really too bad that the photographer gave no clue as to who these people are.

(The first two images come from the Rives Studio photographs, A74-061.  The third comes from the James M. Flanagan papers, MS 0259.  Both collections are in the New Mexico State University Archives and Special Collections Department, and the copyright is held by the NMSU Board of Regents.)

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One response

  1. Those are great! Esp. the third one. Why did everyone look so much more put together in the 30’s? I envy your work. Want to trade?

    February 17, 2010 at 11:26 am

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