Monthly Archives: August 2020

Quarantine, March 1927

It was diptheria this time but this certainly has a contemporary feel: I’m sure you’ll all be as shocked as I was at the dorm dwellers’ reaction to the quarantine order: I realize that there have been numerous posts about … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: “We’ll be O.K. next week,” 1967

Getting the right books ordered for classes is no picnic either, by the way. Bonus: I must have walked past this thousands of times and never noticed it until yesterday. I was immediately struck: What happens if you don’t have … Continue reading

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“a broadened view and wider representation,” 1949

The first peaceful transition of power on the Board of Trustees took place in the spring of 1946. I’m kidding, sort of, but until then the only way to get off the Rice board was to die. That changed with … Continue reading

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Charles Flinn Arrowood, ’18, ’21

During the summer that Radoslav Tsanoff spent teaching at the University of Texas in 1925 he had three more or less constant companions. They were Clyde Glascock, who was quite easy to identify, and the more mysterious Arrowood and Mrs. … Continue reading

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The Triumfeminate, 1918

One of the unexpected pleasures of retirement is that I now have time to follow up on questions raised in the comments. Richard Schafer quite reasonably noted after Friday’s post that if Elsbeth Rowe was a member of a triumfeminate … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Scrumptious! 1917

One of the things in George Wheeler’s scrapbook that I lacked the wit to scrutinize the first time around was some material about what seems to have been annual event I’d never noticed before, the Junior Promenade: His dance card … Continue reading

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Three Freshmen, 1961

President Pitzer doesn’t look totally comfortable, does he? The students, though, seem quite at ease: Pitzer really was brand new to campus, having arrived only at the beginning of the month. Within a couple weeks of this image being taken … Continue reading

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Lindsey Blayney in Uniform, 1917

Update: The link to my earlier post about Blayney is here. The location of the photo with the castle is discussed in the comments. Another thing I found in Mr. Wheeler’s scrapbook was this striking image of Rice’s first German … Continue reading

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An Odd Corner of Campus, Looking Across Main Street, 1918

The other day I was looking at the scrapbook of George Wheeler ’19. I’ve written about him before (here and here way back in 2011), in connection with the early history of the biology department. It’s been years since I last … Continue reading

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Admiral Burke, 1957

I was looking through some images I scanned quite a while ago but never used and this one jumped right out at me. First off, that’s George Brown in the background, between the two cars at left. It isn’t every … Continue reading

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