Monthly Archives: January 2017

Five-Dollar Days

After I wrote a post last week about unexcused absences someone wondered in the comments about when the practice died out. I really didn’t have any idea so I started poking around. In all honesty I still don’t know–but I’m … Continue reading

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Two-fisted, 1949

A thoughtful reader brought us these two Rally Club mugs–only the second and third we have (click here for the first)–that he bought at a sale here in town: Interestingly, they’re both dated 1949. The backs render them more interesting … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: A waste of perfectly good beer, 1954

Bonus: We could all use a bit of relaxation but most of us wouldn’t think to do it here. (Thanks to an alert reader!)  

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“a positive approach to the urban redevelopment problem,” 1956, plus Temple Emanu El from Above

Raymond Brochstein ’55 kindly returned to the Woodson today with a couple more things to look at. The first one is a 1956 newspaper clipping that gives context to those aerial photographs from the other day. Seeing this it’s easier … Continue reading

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“260 Meetings in Autry House”

While I was looking through all that band stuff a few weeks ago I came across a photo of a rehearsal in 1927 that puzzled me for a bit: Everything about the room said Rice to me but I couldn’t … Continue reading

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“Unexcused absences will be dealt with summarily”, 1914

I don’t get the impression they were kidding about this: Bonus: It’ll be St. Joe brick for the new opera house.

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Raymond Brochstein ’55 Makes My Day

Just before I left town last week I got a phone call from former Rice trustee Raymond Brochstein, ’55. He promised that while I was gone he would bring in a packet of aerial photographs he had taken as part … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Let It Snow

I’m up in the Pacific Northwest right now visiting my beloved son-in-law’s family. We are dangerously close to the home of the my favorite hockey team, the Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Hockey League, and if it were … Continue reading

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The Birds, circa late ’70s

Although sometimes I never get back to things I say I’m going to get back to, there is almost always a good reason for this. Usually the reason is that I can’t find anything else that sheds light on the … Continue reading

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The Boss

Every once in a while I come across a photograph that stands on its own. Here’s one I found yesterday while a patron was using the Oveta Culp Hobby Papers: It’s hard to add anything except context. This was taken … Continue reading

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