Monthly Archives: November 2012

Friday Afternoon Follies: When Do You Need an Umbrella Even Though It Isn’t Raining?

When it’s young love, 1916. That’s Carl Knapp and Anna Ricketts and yes, they got married. Sure looks like fun.

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It Was Just a Ditch

I just looked at the comments from yesterday and realized that I had misunderstood the question: Regarding the question about the pathway going over the bridge visible in the aerial photo from 1921, I don’t think he was asking about … Continue reading

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Harris Gully

Someone asked a fun question in the comments yesterday, and by “fun question” I mean one that I am able to answer: In the aerial photo, across from the Main St. entrance, there seems to be a pathway, going over … Continue reading

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Two Mysteries Update

Many, many thanks to everyone who helped figure these out. The basketball photo was clearly taken on the loop side of Hanszen. This is a satisfying answer, as West Hall was the closest dorm to the athletic facilities. Here’s the … Continue reading

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The Rice Players Hit The Road: Summer of ’74

As I get older, my life in the library is becoming more complicated. I have a special pair of glasses that I only need to be able to see books on high shelves. (Seriously.) I also find myself less and … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Video: Veterans Day at Rice

I found this video, which features retired history professor Harold Hyman, very moving. I’m grateful to all my colleagues for their service.

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Friday Afternoon Follies: Hell’s Fury

I don’t think so—those kids are pretty mild looking to me. Bonus: Speaking of follies, this is my 500th post.

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Two Mysteries

I’m sure these are both easy and I’m just overlooking something. Here’s the first one: It’s the basketball team in about 1920. That’s President Lovett’s son, Malcolm, by the way, seated at the second left. He was quite a good … Continue reading

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Gale Stokes, 1933-2012

I found out this afternoon that my friend and colleague Gale Stokes died suddenly last Sunday. I first knew him when I was a graduate student in the History Department and he was Rice’s professor of Eastern European history. He seemed … Continue reading

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The Genesis of the Athletic Field, Plus a Conversation with Maxwell O. Reade, ’40

There’s always been an athletic field where the track and soccer stadium is today but oddly enough, it was meant to be a temporary site.  Luckily, since no one knew exactly how long “temporary” would be, a great deal of … Continue reading

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