Monthly Archives: April 2011

Waiting for the Trolley

Another awesome thing in this picture is the trolley car. In 1910, when it had finally become clear the the Rice Board of Trustees was actually going to build a school, the Houston Electric Co. authorized the construction (at a cost of … Continue reading

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The Owl

I can’t pick my absolute favorite thing about the picture of Main Street across from Rice in 1921–there is just too much awesomeness. One of my favorites, though, is the bird’s eye view of The Owl, to the left of … Continue reading

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Update on 1919 Track Guy

I’m not feeling so hot tonight so instead of the post I promised about yesterday’s Main Street picture I’m going to do something simpler. I dug around for a while today trying to figure out who this guy was. Astute commenter … Continue reading

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Main Street, 1921

I ran across this remarkable photograph a few weeks ago when someone came in looking for historic pictures of Main Street. I’d somehow never seen it before. I’m pretty sure it was taken on a football game day in 1921 … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies

Today, another Friends of Fondren edition. This time, I’m featuring the 1982 Casino Night held in the library. It looks like it was a particularly wild evening: Public Dancing at the Reference Desk!   Baby needs a new pair of … Continue reading

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A Vanished Campus Update

As I was looking through the pictures I have stored on my laptop, I realized that there was yet another aspect of the landscape between the old football field and the dorms that has long since disappeared. At some point, … Continue reading

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1919 Track Guy and a Vanished Campus

When I was going through the scrapbook that held the deeply confusing memorabilia of the two Heavy Underwoods, I ran across this picture. I have no real idea who the guy in the sharp track outfit is, but the view … Continue reading

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The 50th Reunion of the Class of 1916 or, The Missing Monogram

Once again great fun comes from minding someone else’s business. Yesterday morning I came in and stuck my nose into the work being done by one of the Woodson’s outstanding volunteers and I wound up learning something as well as … Continue reading

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Friends of Fondren

With the annual Friends of Fondren Library gala coming up this weekend, we’ve been looking through a lot of pictures and other materials that document the history of that group.  I hadn’t realized that it was founded in 1950–it’s one … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies

I find this photo sort of inspirational. This is, of course, Neal Lane, one of Rice’s most respected scholars, former NSF director, and Science Advisor to the President of the United States during the Clinton administration.  The picture was taken at the … Continue reading

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