HMRC Thursday: A Man’s Got to Have His Priorities, 1958

In the Houston Post photo files that I’ve been working with each envelope contains both negatives and the assignment sheet that led to their production. So I can see that the photographer who was sent out to the Rice practice field on September 6, 1958 was supposed to be taking pictures of the team scrimmaging, thusly:

And obviously he did. He took, in fact, exactly three such pictures. Then he took nine more, all of the twirlers who were practicing on the other side of the field:


Bonus: I forgot to mention this earlier but for all you fans of the Rice architecture school there’s a program tonight at the HMRC about one of our own.

Collection Spotlight: MSS 0351 Betty Jo Jones Architectural Drawings

This evening will introduce customers to the Betty Jo Jones Collection, currently the only architectural collection at HMRC featuring the work of a female architect.  Jones, born Betty Jo Lackey, was a 1947 graduate of the Rice Institute.  Creating her own firm in the 1950s, Betty Jo Jones was one of Houston’s earliest female architects.  Her collection is primarily comprised of architectural drawings for small residential properties, typically in the suburbs surrounding Houston.  This presentation will highlight some of her work in the area, as well as her role in a male-dominated field.

Thursday, March 7, 2019      6:30-7:30 pm   Julia Ideson Building





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10 Responses to HMRC Thursday: A Man’s Got to Have His Priorities, 1958

  1. Tommy LaVergne says:

    Well– A man has to do what a man has to do! If you look closely, there is actual football going on behind the twirlers.

  2. marmer01 says:

    Thanks for the tip about Sam’s presentation last night. I went because I’ve long been curious about Betty Jo Jones. She designed a lot of houses but they were almost all extremely traditional and self-effacing.

  3. grungy1973 says:

    What is the tower, beyond the trees, just left of center?

  4. Looks to me like he got his shot and moved on. Shooting sports with a 4×5 is not the easiest thing in the world.

    Is the film thin, like roll film, or thick? If it is thin, it was probably from a film pack, where you could pull a tab to move the next negative into place. A film pack held 16 negatives.

    Finally, I can’t find a likely sheet film notch code for two triangular notches. Tri-X Pan Pro was three notches like that. They are probably too far apart for Super-XX Pan. Panatomic-X used two wide-spaced notches, but nobody would be crazy enough to shoot sports with a 4×5 using ASA 32 film.

    Maybe film pack negatives were coded differently. I have some at home, I think.

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