Late post tonight–I was screwing around looking at pictures I took during the Centennial and I lost track of time.
Rustling through the photo files this afternoon looking for military related images, I hit the jackpot with these. They are all labeled “NROTC unit review, 1961/62 school year” but one of them is remarkable not for its subject but for the background.
Here’s the first. This image alone is also labeled “Navy Building” but it clearly wasn’t taken anywhere near the Navy Building:
It was taken in front of Lovett Hall:
It’s this last image that took my breath away—it’s an extremely rare picture of the area we now call Founder’s Court very soon after the former parking lot was grassed over. I can’t recall ever seeing anything like this before:
Zoom in on it and look at the tiny little trees!
Bonus Second Surprise: It was noted on the backs of all these pictures that they had been donated to the Woodson by Col. Jack Knocke. Knocke served in the Marine Corps for over thirty years and saw combat in World War II, the Korean War and Viet Nam, winning a Distinguished Flying Cross, a Bronze Star and two Air Medals in the process. A bit of digging turns up the fact that he taught Naval Science at Rice from 1960 to 1963. One suspects he would have snorted at grade inflation.