European Art Tour, 1951

If I could go back in time I would sign up for this immediately, even though you have to foot the bill for your own deck chair on the Atlantic crossing.

I found it and several others like it in a folder in James Chillman’s papers. Chillman was one of the early Rice faculty members, arriving in 1917 to teach Fine Art in the Department of Architecture. He was also the founding director of the Museum of Fine Arts and remained active at both Rice and the Museum until his death in 1972. I’d never looked closely at his papers before but they provide a deeply interesting view into the evolution of Houston’s cultural institutions and I will definitely be turning to them again.

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5 Responses to European Art Tour, 1951

  1. marmer01 says:

    Heh. Bet you wouldn’t set foot in an air conditioned space after you left the ship.

  2. almadenmike says:

    Would this steamship have been air conditioned? (

  3. joecwhite says:

    $1630 in 1951 is equivalent to $14,940 today.

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