Lovett Hall with Monkey, 1956

If you, like me, thought that this (from a 2011 post) was the only picture you’d ever see of a monkey in the quad, well, we were all wrong:

Organ grinder

I was frankly startled to find these this afternoon in a Sarah Lane Literary Society scrapbook. They’re dated March, 1956 and labeled “publicity for County Fair,” which seems to have been some sort of theatrical production:

New SLL scrapbook monkey 1

New SLL scrapbook monkey 3 1956

New SLL scrapbook monkey 2

So what do you think . . . same monkey in a different outfit?

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15 Responses to Lovett Hall with Monkey, 1956

  1. marmer01 says:

    You can see a description of what the County Fair was all about here. https://scholarship.rice.edu/bitstream/handle/1911/66140/thr19560316.pdf?sequence=2

    It sounds spectacularly wholesome. I’m not sure what an organ grinder with a monkey has to do with it, but hey, it was the 1950s and it was a big city. Probably wasn’t that hard to find.

  2. Richard A. Schafer says:

    What was SLLS?

  3. Owlcop says:

    The monkey’s owner in both photos looks to be the same man.

  4. Bill Allison says:

    Nice flat tops also!

  5. Pat Martin says:

    Pre-bookbags–note all the books in arms. And there were scratchy net or plastic screen-wire petticoats under those flaring skirts.

  6. Deborah Gronke Bennett BSEE Hanszen 1982 says:

    In the picture of the girl with the monkey on her shoulders, what are those signs against the hedges in the background? And is it just my bad memory, or does the open area between the hedges and the colonnade in front of Fondren look much larger than I remember? (I attended between 1976 and 1982). In my Rice days, the area was paved with concrete with a pebble surface, just like all the numerous sidewalks around campus. This group looks like they are standing on something different, perhaps closely-mowed grass?

    • Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

      The signs may indicate that it was electioneering time.
      The area in front of Fondren library during my years of decadence consisted of a packed non-grass surface, but NOT concrete.

      The people in these shots, though indistinct — as is my memory — remind me of people around my years of 1952-56.
      Parenthetically, many of my classmates often looked indistinct.

      When I gave Sarah Lane, librarian extraordinary, a program of our “Rice Follies” of 1956, she was NOT aware that Rice had a Historical collection of Rice material — if it did.

  7. marmer01 says:

    I found a few mentions of a gentleman named George Feick, who apparently had a crank organ and a small crew of Capuchin monkeys. He could be found at fairs and shopping centers and the last mention I found of him was in a 1980 Texas Monthly. He was apparently one of three or four organ grinders still active in the USA.

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