Monthly Archives: November 2013

Inside the Power Plant, Part II

You know, I’ve been doing this for several years now and I’m still frequently surprised at what you people like. Yesterday’s interior shot of the power plant drew numerous demands for more, so what the heck, here you go. I … Continue reading

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Inside the Power Plant

A while back I got an interesting email from a reader who has in his possession a piece of original equipment from the Rice power plant, an old trolley for a bridge crane: I purchased it from university facilities and engineering … Continue reading

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Southgate, 1931

The old business office papers, most of which date from the days of A.B. Cohn, are a treasure trove of oddball documents. There are quite a few things in there that don’t really directly relate to the Institute, but which … Continue reading

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Homecoming, 1962

Not long ago I was looking around in a place I’d never looked before and I was again rewarded with something charming–a worn, coffee stained program from the 1962 Homecoming and two photos that seem to have been taken at … Continue reading

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Friday Morning Follies: Champagne and Croquet

If anyone ever tries to tell you that Rice alums are just like everybody else, you can direct them to this 1982 Young Alumni event, an episode of such epic dorkiness it’s hard to imagine it happening anywhere else. At … Continue reading

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Side Door

An extremely alert reader recently commented on the old bonus shot above: Has anyone identified the location of the bonus photo yet? (As promised, Melissa, I’ve been going back through your archives, and I found I recognized the spot pretty … Continue reading

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Institutional Memory and the $33 Million Dollar Campaign

The $33 Million Campaign of the late 1960s was Rice’s first real capital campaign. Up until this point there had been a general reluctance to ask for money except for specific projects. It was clear, though, that any hope of … Continue reading

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Shoe Race, 1933

I’ve been working with materials from the early 1930s recently, trying to track down information about a particular student but also taking in much more detailed information about the era generally. It was a difficult, even unpleasant time for the … Continue reading

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A: Mud

Q: What follows rain? I’d guess these are circa 1960. Looks like fun.

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Friday Afternoon Follies: YeeeeeeHaw!

Here’s Rice architecture professor Will Cannady celebrating the coming weekend! Actually I have no idea what he’s doing or when he did it. The mustache suggests the ’80s but I really don’t know.  What I do know is where he’s … Continue reading

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