Monthly Archives: June 2017

“to help Rommel make up his mind to quit,” 1944

Looking in a place I’d never looked before I found something that took my breath away. During World War II the Association of Rice Alumni tried hard to stay in touch with alums who were serving in the military, keeping … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Believe It Or Not, 1923

Undergraduate transportation humor from the pen of Jack Glenn (whose papers I will visit later this summer in Wyoming): The one about the girl getting on the street car made me laugh.

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Early Adopter, 1973

I looked at this picture several times before I saw the calculator. This was a meeting of the Rice Fund Council in May, 1973 so there are only a couple of things it could possibly be: I think it’s a … Continue reading

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Some Interesting Notes on Transportation, 1923

I was looking for something in an old Thresher yesterday and after I found it I browsed for a while, ending up quite taken with this story about how people got to school in 1923: There are a couple of … Continue reading

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Familiar Faces, 1948

Many times I’ve lamented the way that loyal and long-serving staff members quietly disappear from the records and memory of this university. Even putting aside the fact that we can only do our work because of theirs, staff members are … Continue reading

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“Duly received in good condition,” 1910

Here’s another bit of arcana that turned up in Ray Strange’s collection, a letter from Dr. Lovett’s secretary acknowledging receipt of some trees: It seems like a rather odd list, nothing native, perhaps all meant as experiments. Aside from the … Continue reading

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Friday Follies on Thursday: All Hope Abandon, circa 1970

I’ll be out tomorrow so we’ll have to have our foolishness today. This is from a spectacular collection that we recently received from a former Campanile photographer. Bonus:

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