Monthly Archives: December 2017

December 1945: “vacant chairs at the table and empty seats in the church”

I meant to post this yesterday but I was unexpectedly overtaken by a long nap. It’s Edgar Odell Lovett’s Christmas message from 1945, his last year as president of the Rice Institute and the year that saw the end of … Continue reading

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Christmas Follies: Santa, c1993

From a Brown College scrapbook: I don’t think that’s really Santa. Bonus: This isn’t a Rice magazine but the very idea of it makes it too weird to pass up. Extra Bonus: The library is closed until after New Year’s … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to Miss Hogg, 1947

We got a surprise donation this morning from Russ Pitman ’58, a copy of philosophy Professor Radoslav Tsanoff’s book on ethics: It isn’t surprising that Russ gave something to the Woodson. He’s given many things over the years and has … Continue reading

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Tree Trimming, no date

They look like they could not possibly be having more fun: I especially love the old style lights on the tree. We went back to the big bulbs ourselves this year. Bonus:

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“On Earth Peace”: Happy Holidays from the Architects

Purely by accident, since last Christmas I’ve come across two nice holiday cards sent out by the Rice school of architecture. The first one is undated but seems from context to be from the mid to late 1940s:   The … Continue reading

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“there will be some mistletoe somewhere,” 1931

There turned out to be a fantastic cache of interesting material in the Faculty Club papers and I’ll be returning to it often as we go through the new year. Back in the day it really operated as a club … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Faculty Club File

This letter accompanied the donation of Faculty Club records to the Woodson in 1998. I’ve talked about the donor, Edward Hake Phillips, before, here. The second paragraph is mind boggling: Bonus: Light up the world with kindness. Extra Bonus: Meanwhile … Continue reading

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