“Rice’s Athletic Equipment,” 1921

These two pages come out of the expanded 1921 edition of the  athletic department’s “R Book.” I’m particularly struck by the rosy expectations for even better facilities in the near future, which turned out to be largely unwarranted. The Great Depression messed up a lot of plans on this campus.

R Book 1921 Equipment 047

R Book 1921 gym 048

I’m also interested in the way the word “equipment” is used here to describe what today we would call “facilities.” “Equipment” now makes one think of racks of basketballs or baseball bats or the like. I’ve noticed this before in the discussions in the General Announcements about the various laboratories on campus, which are also referred to as equipment. I wonder when this meaning shifted.



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1 Response to “Rice’s Athletic Equipment,” 1921

  1. grungy1973 says:

    More of those second-floor doors…

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