Monthly Archives: March 2014

Field Trip to the Ford Plant, 1916

I found this photo of some Rice engineering students on a group outing several years ago in Carl Knapp’s scrapbook. (That’s him second from left in the middle row.) I liked the image but didn’t really know what it was … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies: It’s party time!

Garden party, that is. Dr. Lovett pours some punch for Isaiah Bowman, president of Johns Hopkins, at the 1941 commencement garden party. I’m betting it was not spiked.

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First Beer Bike, 1957

These turned up a little while ago in some materials from Baker College. You can see that at some point they were in color, but they’ve now faded out to an almost uniform violet. And miracle of miracles, they came … Continue reading

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“A handsomely bound volume of about two hundred pages,” 1916

I noticed this photo in Carl Knapp’s scrapbook (see also here) quite a while ago but it wasn’t until the other day that I understood what I was looking at. It was taken in June, 1916 and what they’re peering at … Continue reading

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The Robert H. Ray Memorial Courtyard

I walk past this rock on a pretty regular basis. I noticed it fresh the other morning on my way in to the library and began wondering whether the Ray courtyard was an original part of the RMC. It didn’t … Continue reading

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Rice Design Fete, 1967

Last Friday’s picture of the kid sleeping in the RMC came from one of two folders full of contact sheets that turned up in Rice architecture professor Will Cannady’s papers. There were a lot of tiny pictures in these files … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies: So, so tired

We forget sometimes that college is exhausting. June 1967, I think this architecture student is in the Grand Hall of the RMC, which was full of furniture at this time: March 2014, I know for sure that this medical student … Continue reading

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The Genesis of the Chemistry Building, 1922-26

Away from the archives, I find myself trawling through the images on my laptop this afternoon, looking for something interesting to show you. The biggest drawback to this is that I have so many pictures it’s easy to get distracted. … Continue reading

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Hugo de Vries and Some Strange Vegetation, 1912

I’m spending this week in the Pacific Northwest and the plant life looks very peculiar to a long-time Texan. Some of the odd shapes and colors remind me a bit of the illustrations in the Dr. Seuss books we used … Continue reading

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Obsolete Technology: Elliott Addressing Machine, 1952

I ran across this while looking through some slides that I think must have come from the Association of Rice Alumni office: It’s labeled on the back as an Elliott Addressing Machine and it’s not hard to understand why the … Continue reading

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