I’ve gotten my hands on some microfilm rolls that might yield up clues about this image but circumstances probably will keep me from looking at them until at least Thursday. I do, however, have a couple other thoughts about it. The first thing that occurred to me is that given what we know about Knute Rockne’s Texas travel schedule in March 1929 it might be a good idea to check to make sure that it was really taken at Rice. Let’s look again:
And here’s one to compare it to, taken at a track meet at Rice in 1929, obviously later in the year by the spectators’ clothing. (I think it’s worth noting that I found these pictures in the same envelope.)
You can quite clearly see the spot where the first photo was taken at the left side of the building–the same drain pipe, the same window and bushes all appear in both images. The tall arched doorway would be just to the right of the man in uniform.
Bonus: Here’s another thing. As I was looking through this set of glass plate negatives trying to figure it all out, I noticed something else interesting. I said in the original post that Dr. Lovett had given up his bowler hat by this time. I based that on pictures of him from the late ’20s wearing more modern head gear:
But sure enough, I ran across a photo dated 1930 where he’s still got the old-fashioned bowler:
It’s extremely hard to imagine this, but it’s not impossible that it’s Lovett’s hat on that guy’s head.