The mystery of this image is not what is it or who is it, but when is it? The photograph pictures a parking lot east of Blaw-Knox and north of the academic campus. The location looks more like a military base than a college campus! The paved area is only half the size of what is now referred to as the North Lot -- that's where I park every working day.
My best guess at dating this photo is the early 1950s. The Blaw-Knox buildings were moved to RPI in 1949. Are there any car enthusiasts who can identify the cars in this photo and provide a date range?