The World Looks at Texas, 1936

I found this small volume in a collection of Edgar Odell Lovett’s personal books. It’s an odd one, too. The authors (brother and sister? husband and wife?) solicited a wide variety of famous and semi-famous people for their thoughts about Texas on the occasion of our centennial in 1936. Many responded and their impressions of the state are collected here:

The first thing I noticed was that it was inscribed to Dr. Lovett by the authors and I assumed that was why he had kept it. Leafing through it, though, I discovered that it contains a selection of his own poetry. (We’ve seen an earlier example from his body of work, a tribute to a fallen campus pine tree, here.)

It took a few moments to understand that this was a work in praise of the Houston Public Library. Ralph Adams Cram was, of course, the architect of Rice’s first buildings as well as the Julia Ideson Library building downtown:

Bonus: Much of the book is quite entertaining. Here are a couple of the other responses, one from film star Mary Pickford, the other from Walt Disney.

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2 Responses to The World Looks at Texas, 1936


    I have a deck of Texas Centennial playing cards, never shuffled. In just 18 more, they’ll be 100 years old. With God’s help, I’ll be 90. BTW, Dr. K., any input from Tom Mix?

  2. almadenmike says:

    Amazon lists the authors as Alice Marie Bradley and Harold Thomas Bradley ( They are listed in the 1940 U.S. Census as husband and wife living in Houston at 4824 La Branch St. His occupation is given as a civil engineer at a railway company.

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