Campus from That Antenna, 1957

Only the sharpest eyed readers will have noticed that the 1957 picture in this recent post was not taken from the same angle as the 1916 picture. Carl Knapp took his shot looking downtown from the top of the campanile, which was a bit daring. But I was filled with joy when I saw where young David Davidson had been when he took his. It was atop the radio antenna at Abercrombie!

And unlike our other adventurers who climbed up there with a camera, Davidson took the trouble to use it to survey systematically the entire layout of campus. It is simply glorious. We’re going to go all the way around:

 

 

There’s just too much to talk about all at once so I’ll go back over these one at a time later. But wow, isn’t this wonderful?

Bonus: This is my 2000th post, something that I would not have believed possible when I began in 2010. (Here’s the first post, which explains the picture in the header. And this is the one that led me to really understand what I could do with this format.) I don’t know how many more posts I have in me, but I’m quite certain that it isn’t another 2000. So if you have any requests, arguments, scathing criticisms, or boxes of Rice stuff in your closet that you’ve been meaning to send me it’s probably better to get it sent or get it off your chest sooner rather than later. Also, I’m taking a couple of days off–be back Monday.

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8 Responses to Campus from That Antenna, 1957

  1. loki_the_bubba says:

    TWO pics of the back of the Chemistry building?!? You must be ecstatic.

  2. Buddy Chuoke says:

    Rice is so lucky to have had you as it’s ambassador for all of these years!

  3. monicajcoe says:

    Please keep going as long as you can. You do an amazing job!

  4. grungy1973 says:

    If you look in the Dropbox folder I created for you, there are color-corrected versions of all of these images there.

  5. marmer01 says:

    That might be a teeny bit of the Austin Mardon house in the left edge of the Congregation Emanu El picture.

  6. Robert Flatt says:

    Melissa –

    Attached is a photograph I took of campus from the top of Lovett Hall. It is in my book ³Rice¹s Owls², which is available at the Rice University campus store.

    Robert Flatt

    From: Rice History Corner Reply-To: Rice History Corner Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12:17 PM To: My Mac Subject: [New post] Campus from That Antenna, 1957

    WordPress.com Melissa Kean posted: “Only the sharpest eyed readers will have noticed that the 1957 picture in this recent post was not taken from the same angle as the 1916 picture. Carl Knapp took his shot looking downtown from the top of the campanile, which was a bit daring. But I was fi”

  7. almadenmike says:

    It looks like one might be able to stitch together these photos using Photoshop (or something similar) into a 360-degree panorama that would have very few gaps.

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