Author Archives: Melissa Kean

Friday Afternoon Baby: 9 pounds, 1 ounce

I got a brand new granddaughter this afternoon. It feels something like this, about nine parts relief and one part trepidation: I expect that ratio to flip in short order. Bonus:

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Army ROTC, April 1954

Is this technology obsolete? I suspect so, but I don’t really know what it is. Some kind of teletype? Actually, there seem to be several different things going on here and I don’t understand any of them. Also, I can … Continue reading

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A Visit to Campus, 1938

Some interesting photographs turned up in the papers of Ray Watkin Hoagland Strange ’36, recently. In them, we see Ray on a visit to campus two years after her graduation in the company of some of her co-workers. I was frankly … Continue reading

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Fountain Trouble

Doesn’t look good, circa 1998: Doesn’t look good, circa 2012: The guts of the thing are kind of pretty, though:   Bonus: I had to get inside the area marked in red in order to make out where that area … Continue reading

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I Believe This is Called “Irony”

The discoloration is a water stain. Side note: See the two holes at the top left? This was from the days before the invention of the paper clip, when documents were held together with straight pins. Bonus side note: We’re … Continue reading

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Bathing Beauty

Well, I can’t date this one by his outfit. I’m still guessing ’70s just based on the hair.

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Banners and Broom, 1930

I had a few spare minutes this afternoon so I did a little digging around to see what else I could find out about the 1930 Garden Party. After a minor panic, I believe I found what I was looking … Continue reading

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Armed and Dangerous?

I ran across these startling images this morning while looking at some contact sheets of pictures from the Chemistry Department. This is typical—the most interesting photos on the page were the ones that the photographer took just so he could … Continue reading

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Well Dressed, 1930

I recently scanned a couple of images that were taken at the annual commencement garden party in 1930 and when I got a really good look at them I was just dazzled. Look at those glorious dresses! I’m especially taken … Continue reading

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Obsolete Refreshment Technology

These used to be ubiquitous and now I can’t remember the last time I saw one. I’m not sure what happened, although I do recall that they were kind  of awkward. Here’s former Rice Board chairman Charles Duncan using one … Continue reading

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