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The Answer to A Question I Never Thought to Ask: Class Rings

One last thing from The Raven, this time from one of the advertisements: It had never crossed my mind to wonder where the class rings came from back in the day before the big national companies arrived on the scene. … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Confusion Reigns, 1981

I don’t understand this: It’s labeled “FEV leading MOB at halftime, October 1981” and of course it’s absolutely the kind of thing he would enjoy. But by the fall of 1981 Frank Vandiver was already the president of Texas A&M. … Continue reading

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The Raven: Waldo Forest McNeir, ’29

The biggest surprise in the 1927 issue of The Raven turned out to be the identity of one of its editors, Waldo Forest McNeir ’29 (or M’Neir as he sometimes styled himself). It seems to have been McNeir who was the … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Mrs. Arrowood’s Bobbed Hair!

There is only one photograph in the entire 1926-27 volume of the Thresher and almost unbelievably it’s a picture of Mrs. C.F. Arrowood (Flora to her friends): Recall, please, that in the summer of 1925 she advised Corinne Tsanoff not to bob … Continue reading

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“Woe unto you, scribes and pharisees”: The Raven, 1927

The reason I’ve gotten stuck in 1927 is the unexpected discovery in the info files of a Rice publication that I thought had vanished completely. The Raven claimed to be a literary magazine, which it sort of was, and also … Continue reading

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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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