This picture was pretty nearly the first thing I encountered when I got back to the Woodson yesterday. It doesn’t have anything to do with Rice except that it was with some photographs that belonged to Rice Linguistics Professor Douglas Mitchell, who passed away in 2015. He was a really interesting and deeply unusual person (here is his obituary from the Chronicle) and I had several unforgettable conversations with him at the Avalon Diner. I don’t have any theory about why he would have this picture but it’s such a beauty I can’t resist posting it:
Waldrip (if it still exists) is east of San Angelo in McCulloch County. There’s not all that much to say about it but if you’re interested here’s a short article.
Bonus: This single card from the old card catalogue was blowing around out on the library loading dock. A more forlorn sight I’ve rarely seen.