Monthly Archives: February 2020

Snowballs, 1929

It’s very hard to imagine this happening now. The students are far more subtle in their menacing techniques these days: I’ve written about both of the teachers who got pelted here before, Edgar Altenburg here and George Williams ’23 here. In … Continue reading

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Chicken Fight, no date

I’m not sure what it says about me but I think this looks like fun:

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Harris Bayou, 1911-1917

I got several emails last night and this morning from people who were agog over yesterday’s picture of Harris Bayou. So just for fun here are a few more. Some of them I’ve used in the long ago past but … Continue reading

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“Something must be done!”, 1946

The Blue Danube was an ironic name, of course. Harris Bayou, although it could become a pretty significant body of water after a big rain, was never remotely a river. But what I hadn’t really considered before I ran across … Continue reading

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“I sure hope that the Woodson has a way to flatten these,” 2020

I love the days when I come in and there’s a package waiting for me, especially when I’m not expecting anything. Today it was a long skinny box, very intriguing. Inside were some papers that were so aggressively rolled up … Continue reading

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Ticket Line, 1990

When I saw this I immediately assumed the line was for concert tickets: But it was a basketball game they were so excited about! Georgetown, with their great center Alonzo Mourning, was coming to play Rice just before Christmas break. … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Just a Guy and his Ball, no date

But can he be left alone to enjoy it? What do you think?

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Beer Bike, 1961: Crumpled

I’ve been in Omaha at meetings the last couple of days. This is roughly how I feel right now: I’ll be back tomorrow after I get some sleep. P.S. Love his shoes.

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Struggle, no date

I found this undated photo in a folder called “Students–recreation” but it looks more like a forced march than anything you could really call recreation: I have a couple of observations. First, those gym outfits! Wow. Next, where is this? … Continue reading

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Everybody Gets a Trophy, circa late teens

These two images were among those in the box of little glass plate negatives that Tommy Lavergne gave the Woodson back in 2011. You’ll be able to tell at a glance that they are extremely early–there’s nothing whatsoever in the … Continue reading

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