Monthly Archives: February 2016

All Lit Up, 1912

I made it back to Houston but I’m home sick today. The most feverish thing I could think of to post is this weird image of the Administration Building ablaze one night in 1912: I think I’ll have my feet … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Homecoming King

This one isn’t from 1951. It’s a Tommy Laverne image and it’s stamped 1993 but I’ve learned to be skeptical of those stamps. Cute little fella, though.

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Always Try to Get a Window Seat

I have a long meeting today. Be back tomorrow. Unlabeled, undated. I assume it’s the ’70s and I also assume it’s the gym. Bonus:

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Special Guest Star, Homecoming 1951

Here are two quite unusual images from the file labeled “Homecoming 1951”: Well now. What to make of this? I’ve never seen anything like it. What alumnus could merit a microphone on the tarmac, not to mention special trip out … Continue reading

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How It’s Done, 1951

This isn’t what I meant to talk about today (I’ll get to that later) but it’s too fabulous to put aside. I sat down this afternoon to find the pictures that I originally wanted, typed “1951” into the search box … Continue reading

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Battle of the Bands, 1951

These turned up in a folder of pictures from Homecoming in 1951. It took me a minute to realize that they were two completely different outfits: I’m always going to vote for the band that includes a banjo. Something else … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: “The University sincerely regrets . . .,” 1961

This was the best laugh I had all week: I thought about digging out the picture of the students dressed as a priest and a pregnant nun but I was afraid it would detract from the beauty of the exasperated … Continue reading

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What is this person’s job?

Since finding that spectacular picture of the trustees at the 1946 baccalaureate service last week I’ve been looking closely at images of other such events. There’s a lot to be said about these and I may well go back and … Continue reading

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Oil Well Bonanza, 1955

Now this is interesting: I found it in one of those enormous scrapbooks compiled by Rice alumni. It would probably be possible to figure out from stuff we have in the Woodson how much money was realized from this but … Continue reading

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A Football Stadium, Not Our Own

I’m playing a bit of hooky again today and posting images that aren’t directly Rice related. I found these in a file marked “Old Stadium” and have puzzled over them for a couple of years now. It certainly does appear … Continue reading

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