I had to laugh at myself a little bit today. I came across this photograph and didn’t even notice that there were people in it until I had already scanned it:

Girls with chairs jumbled nd 70s 068

What I had focused on, of course, were the chairs all jumbled up in the back of the room. The picture looks to have been taken in the ’70s but those chairs are far older–probably not original equipment  but still pretty old. The typewriter I noticed next. Also old. It didn’t occur to me until just now to wonder what on earth was going on here and why these young ladies were photographed in a room full of outdated equipment. That’s almost certainly unanswerable but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if some of those chairs were still floating around somewhere. In fact I have a couple of ideas about where one might look.

Bonus: I’m going to be out of town for a few days. I might miss a day or two here but then again I might not.


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7 Responses to Jumble

  1. Bill Peebles, Hanszen '70 says:


  2. Deborah Gronke Bennett BSEE Hanszen 1982 says:

    Based on the hair, I would guess early 1970’s. I remember typewriters like that at my high school.

  3. degb00 says:

    I looked at the picture again when I saw your facebook post. It’s a small room, but it has blinds AND window-darkening shades. It looks like the front of the room is rows of those Phys Lec sort of wooden chairs with the attached desks, and then there are more piled up in the back. A normal classroom that has a projector, and piles of chairs from another room being renovated nearby? And what is that thing in the left lower corner of the picture? It’s so washed out I can’t tell if it is a machine, a collage of several things which appear attached, or what.

    I also doubt those two women are sisters. The eyes (and brows), the noses, the cheekbones and the jaw lines are all different between them.

  4. G Mixon says:

    Those are student desks stacked in the back. They were still in use in GRBH classrooms until a few years ago. I have a newer pic of them in use.

  5. marmer01 says:

    Looks like Fondren to me. Those look like study tables and chairs, with piled-up tablet chairs in the back. I remember seeing jumbles of old furniture in Fondren. Tablet chairs don’t stack. (they are in fact a giant pain in the tochis.) The woman on the left bears some resemblance to my classmate Melissa Miller Greenwell, Baker ’86 but I’m not convinced that it is her. The woman on the right might be holding a piece of card catalog note paper.

  6. Hannes Hofer says:

    I believe the room in the picture is Rayzor Hall 110. This was before the big renovation in 1003-2004. I took a picture of the room during a classroom walk-through 1998, You can see that picture here: t https://hhhofer.smugmug.com/Rice/Rayzor-110/i-xfKF5DF/A

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