There was so much good commentary about the architecture and especially the sculpture in last week’s post about Anderson Todd’s photos from the tour of modern homes that I was inspired to go back for another look at the slides. There are quite a few interior shots and I can’t tell precisely how many different houses he took pictures of. Here are a couple of kitchens, both very Space Age:
And a great bathroom:
A hallway that looks unexceptional to me, but which clearly caught his vastly more educated eye:
And outside, lo and behold, another sculpture:
Bonus: I had a fantastic time on my visit to the Library Service Center today!
Believe it or not, I found this ad for Celanese on ebay when I searched for “Rice Institute.” It took me a minute to see why it came up:
I don’t know the date, the magazine, or anything else but I find the combination of Magritte and Celanese enchanting.
Incidentally, Celanese has a pretty good historical timeline that might appeal to those of you who like this sort of thing. They’ve been into a lot of stuff over the years. It’s at this link.
Bonus: I’m out of town for a meeting today but several people sent pictures of a beautiful rainbow that appeared over campus this morning. The best one came from reader Kat Kosted, who took it from the 6th floor of the Cambridge Office Building. Thanks!
Also, I have a travel day tomorrow and might not be back here until Wednesday. Don’t panic.
Circa 1980. He looks like he’s getting decent backspin on the shot. Sign him up, I say.
We had a researcher this week who used a couple of boxes from the papers of Rice architecture professor Anderson Todd. In one of those boxes I found two sheets of slides that Todd apparently took on a 1957 tour of new modern houses in Houston. They are delicious–beautiful people in interesting buildings, all photographed in gorgeous, saturated kodachrome. I know I’ve got a bunch of modern architecture fans out there who read this so I’ll show you a few. Nothing is identified so if you know what something is, tell me.
Bonus: She is so perfectly glamorous.
I found a simply fabulous photo of Dr. Lovett the other day, one with what certainly appears to be a smile:
I know it was taken in New Orleans in June, 1938 because there was a clipping on the back about his visit to Tulane to give that year’s commencement speech. He’s a hard one to read but I do think that the first paragraph fits pretty well with my general impression of him:
I’m certain that we have a copy in the Woodson of the talk he gave that day and if I have a moment tomorrow I’ll go take a look at it.
Here’s a picture from the Times-Picayune the day after the ceremony, which I include because it shows Lovett with Tulane president Rufus Carrollton Harris, who I revere as one of the finest leaders of higher education in the history of the American South. If there were any justice in the world Tulane would be called the Rufus C. Harris Memorial University.
Bonus: Spotted on a campus white board.
Way back in 2011 I wrote a short post that featured a program from a dance given in 1927 by the Rice-Galveston Club. It was a neat little thing handed out at the club’s Fifth Annual dance–which meant that I was condemned to always be halfway looking for evidence of the first four. Nothing turned up until yesterday, when a colleague and I were going through some boxes from the Jesse Jones Papers and I looked at the label on another box on the shelf and said “Who is Thomas E. Daley?” Among other things Thomas E. Daley was the editor of the 1929 Campanile and apparently was also on the staff of The Owl magazine. His family donated a small collection of his things to the the Woodson in 2015, which I what I brought to my work space and opened.
And there I found the program from the 1926 Rice-Galveston Club dance, held at the Hotel Galvez and featuring music by Lee’s Owls:
And then, as if that weren’t enough excitement, up turned an invitation to the 1925 dance!
It seems to always have been held the day after Christmas, maybe on the theory that everyone was ready to get out of the house. Anyway, that’s three down, at least two to go.
One of the many things that I once knew, then forgot, then learned again was that although Rice History Professor Floyd Lear first arrived on campus in 1925, he had been in Houston before, stationed at Ellington Field from 1917 until 1919. When I found the envelopes full of pictures in the last box of his collection I stared for some time in amazement. Here’s a sample–I’ve never seen better images of Ellington Field anywhere. Zoom in–there’s a lot to see, including horses:
The next one is breath taking–ship building on the ship channel:
I don’t know where the last one might be. If you have any thoughts I’d love to hear them.