National Geographic : 1950 May
668 National Geographic Photographers B. Anthony Stewart and John E. Fletcher From These Galleries a Million Visitors a Year Quietly Peep into the Main Reading Room "Silence !" say signs on the desk, but they cannot hush the click of pneumatic tubes, the thump of books, or winter's honking noses. In summer a bat or pigeon occasionally flies in through lantern windows and distracts readers. Bacon and Michelangelo (center) and 14 other statues preside over the octagonal study (page 670).