Dorm Interior, undated

After I struggled so hard to figure out when yesterday’s undated picture was taken this one seems almost comically easy. It’s labeled “dorm interior, no date” and it’s actually kind of interesting. Note the reflection of the light fixture in the mirror. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those ceiling lights before. We have very few photos of the inside of the dormitories from the early years but there are scads of them from after about 1980. (I could speculate about the reasons for this but it probably isn’t prudent.)

In any event here you have it:

It’s the images on the wall, of course, that make this easy to date. Although I can’t get a good enough look at the five guys at bottom left to say exactly who they are I certainly recognize the track uniforms that we used from 1921 to 1924. The real giveaways are the two panoramic photos on either side of the dresser. They both show the gathered male student body outside the dorms and were taken on February 27, 1922. Here’s the one on the left (if you’d like to zoom in and examine it more closely, there’s a better version here):

Men of the Rice Institute

Bonus: Pre-commencement cleanup. Everything gets a good scrubbing.


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3 Responses to Dorm Interior, undated

  1. Lynne (WRC '88) says:

    I wonder who the young lady/ladies is/are in the portraits (on the R wall, and on the wall behind the photographer reflected in the mirror). The subjects appear similar enough that they could be the same person.

  2. almadenmike says:

    I think the framed portrait in the lower middle of the mirror is standing in front of the mirror, and not on the opposite wall and seen in reflection.

    All three photos do appear as if they might be of the same person, with the left-most and right-most ones looking (to me) the most similar to me.

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