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Actual conversations from bygone times
We thought about attaching a fake caption to this, but the archives had a real one that was just too good:
“Soda Water caused all this. University of Chicago ‘Dry Night Club’ where Jitterbugs gather round as Marjorie Kuh and Harry Mendenhall swing out and start a-peckin’ at the dry nightspot on the Midway.” 

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Actual conversations from bygone times


We thought about attaching a fake caption to this, but the archives had a real one that was just too good:

Soda Water caused all this. University of Chicago ‘Dry Night Club’ where Jitterbugs gather round as Marjorie Kuh and Harry Mendenhall swing out and start a-peckin’ at the dry nightspot on the Midway.” 

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Lights installed inside the Walt Whitman sculpture of the University of Chicago’s Harper Memorial Library, 1996. 

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Lights installed inside the Walt Whitman sculpture of the University of Chicago’s Harper Memorial Library, 1996. 

EFFICIENT ANITA:

his lush Valve is
-ATOMIC-

O NO!  OUCH!

-Men’s room, basement of The Broadview

PG 5038.R2 Z8K7

PG 5038.R2 Z8K7

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Yule time on the Midway.
Mae Svoboda (on ladder) is assisted by Barbara Boake in trimming a Christmas tree at Ida Noyes Hall.

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Yule time on the Midway.

Mae Svoboda (on ladder) is assisted by Barbara Boake in trimming a Christmas tree at Ida Noyes Hall.

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Mischief Managed

For those of you who have wondered as hard as we have how we came to get this Indiana Jones journal: we have our solution. 

As some theorized, this did indeed turn out to be the work of “Ravenbar” (real name: Paul, from Guam) on Ebay. After several days we were able to get in touch with Paul, who confirmed with us on Saturday that this was, indeed, his work, but that he did not know how it had gotten to us. Paul contacted us late yesterday to let us know that he had just received a letter (originally we were baffled as to how he got mail on a Sunday, but then we remembered time zones exist) from the USPS sorting service in Honolulu, HI (from a guy who, coincidentally, is also named Paul) stating that the outer package of something he had mailed had been found without its contents at their facility. 

According to Paul, this package was en route from him in Guam to his intended recipient IN ITALY (registered mail confirmation attached) when it must have fallen out of the package in Hawaii. Our address had originally been put on the manila wrapping of the journal just for cosmetic effect. We believe that the post office wrote on our Zip code on the outside of the package and, believing the Egyptian postage was real, sent it our way. From Guam to Hawaii en route to Italy with a stopover in Chicago: truly an adventure befitting Indiana Jones.

Paul has graciously let us know that he will make the intended recipient a new journal, and that we are welcome to keep this one— thanks, Paul! It will find its home either in Oriental Institute at UChicago because, as many have noted, “It belongs in a museum!”. We will post a link here when its exhibit is finished— we hear they’re working in some neat history about the men who inspired Indiana’s character, so it should be way cool.

Thank you to all who have emailed tips or ideas about this document— we appreciate your sleuthing on our behalf! We will now return to this Tumblr’s regularly scheduled programming: providing cool UChicago facts to prospective students. We look forward to welcoming our first members of the Class of 2017  when they receive admissions decisions from us on Tuesday afternoon. 

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Indiana Jones Mystery Package

We don’t really even know how to start this post. Yesterday we received a package addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.”. We sort-of shrugged it off and put it in our bin of mail for student workers to sort and deliver to the right faculty member— we get the wrong mail a lot.

Little did we know what we were looking at. When our student mail worker snapped out of his finals-tired haze and realized who Dr. Jones was, we were sort of in luck: this package wasn’t meant for a random professor in the Stat department. It is addressed to “Indiana” Jones.

What we know: The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of “University of Chicago Professor” Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one, so much so that we thought it might have been the one that was for sale on Ebay had we not seen some telling inconsistencies in cover color and “Ex Libris” page (and distinct lack of sword). The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included. It’s clear that it is mostly, but not completely handmade, as although the included paper is weathered all of the “handwriting” and calligraphy lacks the telltale pressure marks of actual handwriting. 

What we don’t know: Why this came to us. The package does not actually have real stamps on it— the outside of the package was crinkly and dirty as if it came through the mail, but the stamps themselves are pasted on and look like they have been photocopied. There is no US postage on the package, but we did receive it in a bin of mail, and it is addressed to the physical address of our building, Rosenwald Hall, which has a distinctly different address from any other buildings where it might be appropriate to send it (Haskell Hall or the Oriental Institute Museum). However, although now home to the Econ department and College Admissions, Rosenwald Hall used to be the home to our departments of geology and geography

If you’re an applicant and sent this to us: Why? How? Did you make it? Why so awesome? If you’re a member of the University community and this belongs to you or you’ve gotten one like it before, PLEASE tell us how you acquired it, and whether or not yours came with a description— or if we’re making a big deal out of the fact that you accidentally slipped a gift for a friend in to the inter-university mail system. If you are an Indiana Jones enthusiast and have any idea who may have sent this to us or who made it, let us know that, too. 

We know this sounds like a joke/hoax… it’s not (at least, from our end).  Any hints, ideas, thoughts, or explanations are appreciated. We’ve been completely baffled as to why this was sent to us, in mostly a good way, but it’s clear this is a neat thing that either belongs somewhere else— or belongs in the halls of UChicago admissions history.

Internet: help us out. If you’re on Reddit (we’re not) or any other nerdly social media sites where we might get information about this, feel free to post far and wide and e-mail any answers, clues, ideas, thoughts, or musings to indianajonesjournal@uchicago.edu  (yes, we did set up an email account just to deal with this thing). 

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Did you know…
When proposing a façade for the Medici restaurant’s current location, master stone carver Walter Arnold told owner Hans Morsbach, MBA’61, “This is right by the University. It needs a gargoyle.”
In fact, Arnold fashioned thre e stone figures: one eating pizza (shown), one drinking coffee, and one of Morsbach himself. (“It was a Renaissance tradition to include the patron of the work,” explains Arnold.)
The Medici, which originally was located two blocks away, still has the graffiti-covered tables and booths that date back from its mid-1950s opening.

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Did you know…

When proposing a façade for the Medici restaurant’s current location, master stone carver Walter Arnold told owner Hans Morsbach, MBA’61, “This is right by the University. It needs a gargoyle.”

In fact, Arnold fashioned thre e stone figures: one eating pizza (shown), one drinking coffee, and one of Morsbach himself. (“It was a Renaissance tradition to include the patron of the work,” explains Arnold.)

The Medici, which originally was located two blocks away, still has the graffiti-covered tables and booths that date back from its mid-1950s opening.

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Happy 2,716th birthday to Algernon, otherwise known as Lamassu.
Did you know that the Oriental Institute Museum first opened its doors to the public 81 years ago today on December 6, 1931? Algernon was on hand to greet all the 50,000+ visitors that visited in the first six months.
(via Oriental Institute Museum on Facebook)

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Happy 2,716th birthday to Algernon, otherwise known as Lamassu.

Did you know that the Oriental Institute Museum first opened its doors to the public 81 years ago today on December 6, 1931? Algernon was on hand to greet all the 50,000+ visitors that visited in the first six months.

(via Oriental Institute Museum on Facebook)