Monthly Archives: December 2010

Oops

The Woodson is closed this week and my family is in the middle of packing up for a temporary move while our house gets some remodeling. I’m thus forced to scrounge around inside my laptop for something interesting to show … Continue reading

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The 1928 Democratic Convention and the Rice Institute

In the summer of 1928 the Democratic National Convention was held in Houston. This was the first time the party had met in the South since the end of the Civil War. Since the likely nominee was Governor Al Smith of … Continue reading

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Carl Knapp, Class of 1916

My earlier post on William Nathan, Class of 1916, came after my accidental discovery of his scrapbook on one of the shelves near the spot in the Woodson where I like to work.  Once I began paying attention to the … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, 1914 Style

This is the first official Rice Christmas card I can find, although I guess I’d be surprised if EOL didn’t send them out from the very beginning. (Note they were still living in their first Houston residence, a rented house … Continue reading

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Automobile Pennant

While looking around for the origins of the Rice flag, I accidentally turned up another flag drawing by Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson, the architects of the early campus. This one is for a Rice Institute “automobile pennant.” It’s a really … Continue reading

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Herding Chickens at Rice’s Semicentennial

While I was looking around in the photo files for pictures of the Rice flag, the best ones I found were in the folders related to Ken Pitzer’s inauguration. Held on October 10, 1962, this event was part of the … Continue reading

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This is my final word on the mules . . . probably

Here, miraculously, is an early aerial photograph with a date on it: October 20th, 1931. It’s a really good, clear image and  it’s been taken from an unusual angle that lets us see the layout of the entire campus. Sure … Continue reading

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The Rice Flag Part II

Due to a groundswell of demand, here is a photo of the Rice flag that we found the other day. This was taken by my intrepid colleague Amanda Focke, assistant head of Special Collections in the Woodson Research Center. The … Continue reading

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The Rice Flag

Until a couple of days ago, I didn’t know that Rice had ever had a flag. I was scanning some photos of early commencements, staring at them mindlessly while I waited for something to download, when I noticed this flag … Continue reading

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Mules Part II

In the course of looking for something else, I came across some great evidence in my mule housing mystery. We have a collection of “Rice Special Occasion” photographs that came from the Baker family. Most, but not all, of these … Continue reading

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