Elections, Part I

Yesterday I looked in a folder called “Elections” and I was pleasantly surprised to discover a real jumble. The word really covers a lot of territory, doesn’t it? Some of the images were from campus elections in the 1950s, before the college system rendered the system of class officers obsolete. This was taken in 1954, by the gym I believe:

Elections student 1954

Then there was an entirely different set of images, these of students voting in the November 1984 election at a polling place in front of the gallery in Sewall Hall:

Elections November 1984
Elections November 1984 poll officials

And note the candidates’s signs along the side of the building.

Elections November 1984 Andrews

The “Andrews” sign may well date this picture from last week:

Sewall towards Bonner nd

Tomorrow, one more batch, which seem unrelated to either of these two.

Bonus: See the two bluish doors on either side of the George R. Brown arch?


There are numbers on them. This is the one on the left:


And here’s the one on the right:


I find this quite amusing. I walked all the way around the building and if there’s a 2 I didn’t see it.

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15 Responses to Elections, Part I

  1. Syd Polk says:

    I think the fellow on the right in the 3rd picture is Bob Casey. The candidate was Mike Andrews; I think he lost to Ron Paul in that election, but my memory is playing tricks on me.

  2. marmer01 says:

    Many exterior doors have numbers. It’s so the FE&P guys can easily identify them for maintenance. Doors require a surprising amount of maintenance.

    • marmer01 says:

      And I remember those exact voting booths at Sewall for both the November 1980 and 1984 elections. Unfortunately, even though I voted in both elections, I’m still not in the photo.

  3. Bob Casey says:

    Yes, that’s me on the right in the 3rd picture. I think Doug Plummer is sitting next to me.

  4. effegee says:

    Check the second floor for 2 and 4?

  5. Grungy says:

    And I expected Marty to tell us what the cars are in the top photo.

    • Grungy, the front car is obviously a later-series Ford Model T from about 1925, give or take a year or two. There weren’t model year changes per se. The back car I’ve actually been working on a little. The little round lights under the headlight look like early-50’s Willys; most American cars of the period had much more elaborate grilles and parking lights by this time. Pre-1950 cars tended to have vestigial “wing-type” front fenders. However, I can’t find a Willys convertible at that time other than the Jeep. Also the large chrome strip on the fender wrapping around to the edge of the hood are a little unusual, as is the heavily chromed windshield surround. This car was probably customized a little. Something about it says “Ford” to me but I can’t find anything that will work.

      • marmer01 says:

        It *might* be a 1950 Studebaker convertible, before the parking light redesign. The chrome strip on the fender is wrong, maybe an aftermarket addition, but the headlight, parking light, and chrome strip on the hood leading edge or grille are similar. Too bad we can’t see six inches farther to the right; the Stude would have the characteristic “airplane” pointed nose.

      • Might be a ’48 Ford, although the chrome is wrong (should be a strip on the hood and the fender one should be shorter.)

  6. mjthannisch says:

    Is Rice still its own precinct. It was in the 70’s and could be picked out of a group by being far to the left of everything else in Houston. Then starting in the mid to late 70s (if I recall correctly) it made a swing to the right.

  7. Pat Martin says:

    The fellow voting in the first picture wears one of Sid’s best T-shirt designs.

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