Monthly Archives: March 2011

An Aviation Question

Does anyone know what the heck this thing is? It could hardly look any weirder–it’s no wonder it drew a crowd. The picture is probably roughly 1933-35, and it’s right in the middle of campus, about where the new physics … Continue reading

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Willy Wrapped

I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the Willy Week jacks on campus last week. My favorite–and I think the favorite of most people on campus–was the wrapping up of the statue of William Marsh Rice for delivery … Continue reading

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Two aerial views from 1947-48

I had a comment on yesterday’s post about crops being planted on campus. It reminded me of these two pictures, which I recently scanned to use as illustrations of the explosive growth on campus in the wake of the Second … Continue reading

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The First Fieldhouse, or On the Perils of Bad Drainage

Someone asked a while back about the ghostly semicircle that was visible in an aerial photo from the 1970s. That semicircle was the front drive of Rice’s first real athletics facility. The fieldhouse was designed by Rice architecture professor William Ward … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies

Can you believe these goofballs?? I just want to go up there and make them come down. This is a really early picture, about 1914 or 1915, I’d guess. The guy on the left is Elmer Shutts, Class of 1916. … Continue reading

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The 1928 Democratic Convention and an introduction to Stockton Axson

I scanned this Thresher article from March, 1928 for a couple of reasons. First, the joke at the bottom made me laugh. This is a bit unusual, as old-time jokes are often completely mystifying. It’s not that they’re not funny, … Continue reading

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A couple more JFK pictures

There were several other interesting photos in the packet that Mike Loeb (’63) brought in to the Woodson last week. (Again, click on them to enlarge, then again to zoom in.) They aren’t what you’d call spectacular, but they do … Continue reading

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