Monthly Archives: July 2017

“to discover onward things,” 1947

I stumbled across this list of “objects representative of the time” that were placed inside the cornerstone of Fondren Library in 1947. I was immediately struck by how bland these objects were. See for yourself: I’m sorry but that’s just … Continue reading

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There’s A Hole in Brown College

Right at the end of last spring semester I got an intriguing email from one of FE&P’s project managers: We have just begun another summer renovation, this time in the Brown College Tower. Last summer, we noticed what looks like … Continue reading

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Thomas Langdon Haskell, 1939-2017

Rice’s History Department lost Tom Haskell last week to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease, a terribly sad loss. His Chronicle obituary is here and the accompanying photograph is wonderful, by the way. It’s hard to know where to start about Tom Haskell … Continue reading

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“Change in Traffic Flow,” August 1990

I got a lot of commentary on last Friday’s picture, most of it about the two-way traffic on the loop rather than the eye catching fashion: By happenstance I just ran across the memo that authorized the shift to one-way … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Fashion forward, circa 1970

This image is from a contact sheet so I can’t get it big enough and clear enough to tell what they’re doing. But you’d have to be blind to miss those pants:  

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The Yell Leader

I realize that 1926 can seem like a million years ago and it isn’t always easy to see how anything that old could mean much to us today. But stuff has a way of hanging around, though sometimes it fades … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never, 1964

Working in Ken Pitzer’s papers this afternoon I chanced upon something that made me laugh out loud. Here’s a letter he wrote in 1964 to Eugenia Rayzor, wife of Rice trustee Newton Rayzor ’17 (and a great woman in her … Continue reading

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