Friday Follies: Riddles, 1916

In the 1916 Campanile there’s a page of riddles, asking the reader to figure out which professor is described. Some of them are easy even now but more are incomprehensible even to me. Then I found the answers!

They were in Ray Watkin Hoagland Strange‘s stuff–that’s her handwriting–and she would have known the answers because she knew the guys. Almost all of them have been discussed here at one time or another.

Bonus: I call this one “Three Red Papers and a Cat.”

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A Periodic Reminder

I’m getting ready to take a couple of weeks off in July and it got me thinking about last summer’s ill fated vacation. As I’m sure you all remember before I got sick I made it as far as the archives at the University of Wyoming where I checked out the papers of Jack Glenn ’26.

Looking though the things I found there I came across an image I’d forgotten about, a big football pep rally downtown. I attach it here to remind everyone that there’s a “s” on the end:

I don’t know when this was taken but we lost to A&M three out of the four years Glenn was at Rice. We did take one from them in 1923, winning 7-6.

Bonus: Camp time!

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Modern Homes Tour, 1957: Part 2

There was so much good commentary about the architecture and especially the sculpture in last week’s post about Anderson Todd’s photos from the tour of modern homes that I was inspired to go back for another look at the slides. There are quite a few interior shots and I can’t tell precisely how many different houses he took pictures of. Here are a couple of kitchens, both very Space Age:

And a great bathroom:

A hallway that looks unexceptional to me, but which clearly caught his vastly more educated eye:

And outside, lo and behold, another sculpture:

Bonus: I had a fantastic time on my visit to the Library Service Center today!

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“We won’t allow the future to outpace us.”

Believe it or not, I found this ad for Celanese on ebay when I searched for “Rice Institute.” It took me a minute to see why it came up:

I don’t know the date, the magazine, or anything else but I find the combination of Magritte and Celanese enchanting.

Incidentally, Celanese has a pretty good historical timeline that might appeal to those of you who like this sort of thing. They’ve been into a lot of stuff over the years. It’s at this link.

Bonus: I’m out of town for a meeting today but several people sent pictures of a beautiful rainbow that appeared over campus this morning. The best one came from reader Kat Kosted, who took it from the 6th floor of the Cambridge Office Building. Thanks!

Also, I have a travel day tomorrow and might not be back here until Wednesday. Don’t panic.

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Friday Follies: Possible Solution to Basketball Transfer Epidemic

Circa 1980. He looks like he’s getting decent backspin on the shot. Sign him up, I say.

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Modern Home Tour, 1957

We had a researcher this week who used a couple of boxes from the papers of Rice architecture professor Anderson Todd. In one of those boxes I found two sheets of slides that Todd apparently took on a 1957 tour of new modern houses in Houston. They are delicious–beautiful people in interesting buildings, all photographed in gorgeous, saturated kodachrome. I know I’ve got a bunch of modern architecture fans out there who read this so I’ll show you a few. Nothing is identified so if you know what something is, tell me.

Bonus: She is so perfectly glamorous.

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“he evaded questions in his St. Charles hotel room,” 1938

I found a simply fabulous photo of Dr. Lovett the other day, one with what certainly appears to be a smile:

I know it was taken in New Orleans in June, 1938 because there was a clipping on the back about his visit to Tulane to give that year’s commencement speech. He’s a hard one to read but I do think that the first paragraph fits pretty well with my general impression of him:

I’m certain that we have a copy in the Woodson of the talk he gave that day and if I have a moment tomorrow I’ll go take a look at it.

Here’s a picture from the Times-Picayune the day after the ceremony, which I include because it shows Lovett with Tulane president Rufus Carrollton Harris, who I revere as one of the finest leaders of higher education in the history of the American South. If there were any justice in the world Tulane would be called the Rufus C. Harris Memorial University.

Bonus: Spotted on a campus white board.

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