“the holiday spirit is creeping upon us,” 1932

This is the last week of classes and I have to say that faculty celebrate the end of the semester even more than the students do. This invitation to a swinging end-of-fall-semester party right around this time in 1932 demonstrates that it has always been so. I like everything about this invitation, by the way, from the offer of strong coffee to the reminder to tell your wife:

Bonus: The holiday spirit has ceased to creep and has actually arrived in full dress at the Fondren Circulation department.

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4 Responses to “the holiday spirit is creeping upon us,” 1932

  1. Galloway Hudson - Wiess '60 says:

    While looking online to confirm when Cohen House was opened, I made a wonderful discovery – the Rice Centennial Series, hosted by (who else?) our very own Melissa Kean. Here is a link to the entry for Cohen House, the first faculty club in the state of Texas.


    I was completely unaware of this series. Check it out, if you are as ignorant as I was.

  2. almadenmike says:

    Two of the 1932 football Owls’ 7 victories were home wins over LSU (10-8) and Loyola-New Orleans (14-7). Surely this was the attraction for touting “Lousiana Hayride,” a peppy tune by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwart that was the first-act finale for their 1932-3 Broadway musical revue, “Flying Colors.”

  3. almadenmike says:

    Here’s one of several recordings available online of “You’re Telling Me,” music by Walter Donaldson & words by Gus Kahn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3e-w5eNORo (Paul Whiteman & his orchestra; vocals by The Rhythm Boys)

  4. William A. Wheatley says:

    I’d much rather have something (especially a spirit) creep up on me than creep upon me. Creepy! Nevertheless, Christmas Prep (known as Advent) is upon us.

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