Rice Lane, 1942

I have no idea what it’s called now, but according to Neil Brennan, in 1941 it was called “Rice Lane”:

New Rice Lane Neil Brennan 1941

My first thought was that this was taken on the Chemistry side of the loop, but a look at the photo I found in Jim Sims’s papers (and thank heavens I did!) makes clear that it must be the other side:

Aerial late 30s Sims Papers

Aside from the trees there’s not much to go on, but you can see the sidewalk coming from the left and peeking through the trees on the right what looks like one of the dorms. There are a couple of possibilities but I suspect it’s the sidewalk that runs right through what today is the middle of Fondren Library.

Let us pause and just enjoy yet another thoughtful photograph from young Mr. Brennan. Gorgeous cars, too.



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6 Responses to Rice Lane, 1942

  1. marmer01 says:

    Probably a ’41-’47 Packard Clipper in the foreground, with a ’41-ish Ford woody wagon behind it.

  2. Bill Johnson '57, '58 says:

    Yes it is a 1941 Packard Clipper behind the tree. The 1946 clipper had heavier horizontal bars on the vertical grill

  3. In the aerial photo, you can see that vigorous ivy on the front of Chem. Lec.

  4. I like that the cars are parked on both sides facing both directions in unregulated bliss. This clearly would have angered the pantheon of deities connected with parking, thus damning all future motor vehicles to a life of parking in distant unshaded lots.

  5. Barbara Smith says:

    Dear Melissa,

    I am overdue in expressing how very much I enjoy your witty and informative posts. We have nice weather now, but they are even more welcome when we are snowed in here in CT.

    The bonus photo with the 8 flowers is a treasure.

    Barbara Campbell Smith, ’66

    Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:23:05 +0000 To: babscs@hotmail.com

    • Melissa Kean says:

      Thank you so much. I love doing it but the very best part is that I’ve been able to meet (both virtually and in the real world) so many wonderful people. If you’re ever in Houston, please do be in touch. I’ll give you a tour!

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