Monthly Archives: April 2019

Campus from West Hall, circa 1915

This morning I was gazing at this picture, which I had scanned on March 20, 2014 and labeled “Glass Campus from West Hall, circa 1915.” (The “glass” is so I would remember that I found it with the glass plate … Continue reading

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The New Gym, 1950

After spending many months digging around the gym before they did the big renovation about fifteen years ago I grew quite familiar with its spaces. But that was the building after fifty years worth of additions and rejiggering and I … Continue reading

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Guidance for Girls, 1956

I found this in the Dean of Undergraduates collection: I can hardly imagine a worse introduction to the life of higher learning. I would have been hiding in the library the entire time. There’s a lot of interesting and sometimes … Continue reading

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Football Follies, 1959

This from the HMRC is the only known photograph of Jess Neely goofing around: Even more astonishing is line coach “Bloody Joe” Davis as the holder. (That’s backfield coach Cecil Grigg, who has managed to retain more of his dignity, … Continue reading

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HMRC Thursday: Southwest Conference Track Meet, 1961

Again from the Houston Post Photo Collection, this time two images taken during the Southwest Conference track and field championship which was held at Rice on May 13th. Both of these pictures brought a smile to my face, the first … Continue reading

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Another Loose End Tied Up, 1956

Yesterday it was fishing class, tonight it’s bowling. A little over a year ago I wrote about a bowling shirt that had been sent to the Woodson by Robert Karnei ’56. (Well, actually it was sent by his wife while … Continue reading

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“Fishes of Texas,” 1935

Folks, this right here is where nearly thirty years in the archives pays off. One morning I was idly leafing through some papers in the Institute Library collection. I felt an immediate jolt when this came into view: Off I … Continue reading

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