Monthly Archives: May 2015

Friday Morning Baseball Photo

I understand there’s some type of baseball competition getting underway today so to encourage our lads here’s a great photo from 1923. It was a lackluster season for the Owls but this image is labeled “After taking a doubleheader from … Continue reading

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The Women’s Room, 1926

Last week a very alert commenter pointed out the “Girl’s Toilet” in this drawing of the first floor of the Chemistry Building, correctly noting that it was palatial: Here’s a shot of the inside of that room nicely finished with … Continue reading

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A Big Surprise in Bud Morehead’s Papers, 1950

You might think that slide carousels labeled “A Walking Tour of Rice University” would contain the photos from the book entitled “A Walking Tour of Rice University.” I know I certainly thought that. It’s not quite so simple, though. In … Continue reading

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Swimming, etc., Part 2

A campus update from a hardier compatriot: That’s impressive.

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Swimming Might Be the Only Option Today

Let’s hope for better luck tomorrow.

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Friday Follies: Hoop Dreams

I love this picture: It came from a 1976 slide presentation so the little beezer would be about 40 now.

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The Colloid Lab, circa 1926

For a while now I’ve been trying to work out how the original Chemistry Building functioned. It’s undergone enough renovation at this point that much of its original sense has vanished. But a couple of things have turned up recently … Continue reading

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William Ward Watkin and Friends at the Alhambra, c1920

You have to stay on your toes in the archives or you’ll miss the weird stuff. Today we have a bit of a Jack Sprat and his wife situation–we didn’t know something and they didn’t know something else but when … Continue reading

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Homecoming 1961

I realize that it’s nowhere near Homecoming at all, but this picture makes me smile. I wish I could go there: Bonus: This one also makes me smile.  

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Claude Bracey at Soldier Field, 1928

This remarkable photograph has a misleading label on the back. It says “Claude Bracey, 1928 Amsterdam Olympics” and that’s almost right. That is indeed Claude Bracey breaking the tape at the far left. Bracey was Rice’s first real track star … Continue reading

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