I’ve had something rolling around in the back of my mind for a while about that picture of the interior of the Community House. Remember it?
This is almost completely pointless, but I started wondering about the picture on the wall to the right. If you zoom in, you can see that it’s a page from the Houston Chronicle with lots of photographs on it. I sort of, kind of, almost recognized it. All I needed was a little time to think about where I might have seen it before. Sure enough, this morning I located two separate copies of it in student scrapbooks from the era. They were both too fragile for me to attempt scanning them right now, but I did take some shots with my iphone. The page was published on January 11, 1920 and its sole point seems to have been to depict beautiful, socially active Rice co-eds in the Sunday paper.
The large image to the left of the medallion is President Lovett’s daughter, Adelaide, ’20, and the young woman to the right of it is Anna Schirmer Vilbig, ’20, in whose scrapbook I found one of the copies.
I obviously have no real message here, but if the end of the world really does come tomorrow I’m perfectly happy to end with this.
I wonder if the women of the early years of the Institute were so underappreciated as those of later years, including my own (1952-56). They were nice, intelligent and accomplished people.