Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Year’s Eve, 1959

Yikes! I got so distracted with our fondue party preparations that I almost forgot about all the activity in Cohen House over the holidays back in 1959. No New Year’s Eve party that year: Big renovations were underway: Bonus: We … Continue reading

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The Inner Workings of the Library, 1966: Part 1

A couple of weeks ago I came across a great series of pictures of the library at work in the middle of the 1960s. I’m going to split them into two parts, one of images that I mostly understand and … Continue reading

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Administration Building with Dog, October 1912

I’ve been working with a lot of very early campus images recently and it can get a little tedious looking at the same few buildings over and over. But I found myself charmed by this image taken sometime just before … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies: Better Luck Next Time!

As long as we’re in 1942, let’s stay there for a minute. This is from an Owen Wister Literary Society party that year: I have two thoughts. First, that looks like a bottle of White Horse scotch and a lot … Continue reading

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Christmas, 1942: “The very nature of this war will make it a long one.”

We had a beautiful collection arrive recently that included several issues of a publication I’d never seen before: The Rice Broadside. It was produced by the Rice Naval ROTC and it turned out that the Woodson owns quite a few … Continue reading

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Bah Humbug!

There comes a day in every holiday season when the only viable option is to strap on the W.C. Fields apron and let it rip: Franz and Frances Brotzen, taken, I think, when they were Masters of Brown College sometime … Continue reading

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Christmas, 1965

There were two big events, a chapel service and the president’s party afterwards in the RMC. You’re all invited: The annual Christmas in the Chapel was a fairly elaborate celebration with a great deal of music, scripture readings and something … Continue reading

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Jim Kinsey, 1934-2014

My friend Jim Kinsey (’56, ’59) passed away unexpectedly this weekend. He grew up in Paris, Texas and arrived at Rice as a young man in 1952, unsure of what he wanted to study. Crossing paths with chemistry professor Zevi … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: The Biggest Liar

This sweet lady won the prize at her class reunion in 1976 for having the most grandchildren. Look closer at those ribbons, though, and you’ll see she also was named the First Place Liar: She does seem to have a … Continue reading

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Letters to Santa, 1929

The second one is my favorite:   But what I notice as an historian is that two of these fake letters concern the same thing: anxiety about athletes flunking out. Both Jack Meagher, the coach, and George McCarble, a player, … Continue reading

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