Silver Anniversary Bridge Cards, 1937

I mean, why not?

I found these buried in the ARA Historical Commission materials:

The Association of Rice Alumni had them made and then sold them as a reasonably successful fund raiser:

I noted two things of particular interest. First, the business about young Mr. Williams selling packs of these cards in the dorms. There was quite a bit of small time merchandising that took place in those buildings for a long time as there wasn’t really anywhere else around to shop. I’ll have some more about this soon.

And second, the trustees all wrote thank-you notes for their free decks! Here are some:

Bonus: The festivities have begun.

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4 Responses to Silver Anniversary Bridge Cards, 1937

  1. Karen says:

    I’ve heard that bridge was very popular at Rice, at least through the 60s. They say there were a lot of students who flunked out because they played too much bridge instead of studying. During the late 70s and early 80s, there were still pockets of bridge played at most of the colleges before dinner. I think the most consistent group was Doc C’s over at Will Rice. Do students still play bridge at Rice, or is that an activity from a bygone era?

    • Kermit Lancaster, Wiess 1977 says:

      In the mid-1970s was often a table going on during lunchtime in the Wiess lounge outside of the commons.

  2. Kevin Ewart says:

    Karen- Doc C’s group is still active (but small) at Will Rice!

  3. Francis Eugene "Gene" Pratt Rice Institute 1956 says:

    I see nary a cookie or spiked punch or nutmeg on that table.
    Bah, humbug!

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