You really never know what will turn up next. These are some of the sweetest pictures I’ve come across in the Woodson. They were taken at Rice Day in April, 1955. Rice Day was an alumni sponsored all-university event, a sort of picnic with carnival booths, rides, contests and games for alumni and their kids as well as current students. From what I can tell it began in 1950 and was always held in the football stadium. If you look closely you can see that these images were taken either out on the field or under the stands. By all accounts this was an extremely well attended function— alumni groups in other cities chartered buses to bring them in for the event.
I assume this is Shirley but I don’t know how she got up there:
The entertainment that year was Don Mahoney, the singing cowboy. He would have been well known to the crowd from his show on KPRC, “Don Mahoney and His Kiddie Troupers”:
It looks like a blast. I bet every one of those kids fell asleep in the car on the way home.