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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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Friday Follies: Welcome!, no date

I found this in one of Alex Dessler’s (see here) notebooks. He was among other things the founding chairman of the Space Science Department. Being a department chair is not as fun as it sounds but this is classic Dessler … Continue reading

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Dr. Davies’s Voice, 1963

I’d known for many years about the audiotape in Dr. Davies’s papers but when I opened that box again a couple weeks ago I realized that we now could easily digitize it. I’m deeply grateful to my colleague Norie Guthrie … Continue reading

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I’m Surprised Again

So what else is new? These are what Woodson insiders refer to as the Info Files: They’re where you look for basic information about people, places, and things related to Rice, all in alphabetical order (more or less). If I … Continue reading

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1, 2, 3 Surprises in the Early Board Minutes

I’m back from vacation, tanned, rested, and fabulous. I was back in the Woodson today looking for a needle in the haystack of the early board records. I didn’t find what I was hoping to (not finished yet, though) but … Continue reading

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