Monthly Archives: April 2018

“A Glimpse into Clown Alley,” 1959

People can be very surprising.  Florence Stancliff ’27, for example, is well known to me as half of the Florence and Fred Stancliff Track Scholarship. I never had any reason to suspect that she was also a circus fanatic. In … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Gypsy, circa late 1970’s

I don’t know who the student is but the label on the back says that the sweet little pup is named Gypsy: Bonus: I love our custodial team! They are hardworking, loyal, and lots of fun to be around.  

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New Images from the Masterson Crisis, 1969

We recently received a small package that held a large treasure: a dozen beautiful color slides of the the student and faculty march in February, 1969 that wound down the inner loop and across to the lawn on the front … Continue reading

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“Wm. Rice Institute Houston Tex. 1920”

I was hanging around in the Friends of Fondren office yesterday when I noticed that the panorama hanging on the wall was not, as I had assumed, the same one we have several copies of in the Woodson. On closer … Continue reading

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“I’m from . . . and I think Rice is . . . ” circa 2000

I’ve had a blue notebook sitting at the bottom of the pile by my chair for a long time. Things usually end up down there because I can’t figure out what to do with them and I’ve learned that if … Continue reading

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Gertrude Stein Stolen, 1954

Not her in the flesh, of course, but rather a bust that had been given to Rice by Jane Blaffer Owen in memory of her father, Robert Lee Blaffer, who had served as a Rice trustee. Here’s the story in … Continue reading

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Sailing

in the stadium parking lot! Barefoot! It looks to have been taken sometime between 1970, when the Museum and Media Center were finished, and whenever the police station was built. I can’t recall off the top of my head but … Continue reading

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West Campus Aerial, June 1950

I wish the image were crisper, but I guess you can’t have everything. This is a wonderful photo. At first I was entranced by the close-up view of Harris Gully being filled in, and I looked at that for a … Continue reading

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“The game was so one-sided that it lacked features,” 1915

I trust you all regularly read the What’s in Woodson blog that my beloved colleagues in the archives put out. It gives an insider’s look into some of the remarkable things in our collections, some Rice related, some not. If … Continue reading

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April Fool’s, 1964: I Would Take That Deal in a Heartbeat

I had another one that was even worse but I decided to save it for a rainy day. The Mets went 53 and 109 that year. Bonus:

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