Watermelon Feed, Box 49, 1947


Rho Lambda Phi, also known as Rhizomia, had a yearly “Watermelon Feed” event.

This box has a pencil date of Sept 1947, and I confirmed that few of these images made it into the 1948 Naranjado COP yearbook in the “Special Days” section of editor Nancy Rinehart.

Receiving instructions prior to the event, Sept 1947, COP (Printed)
Group shot, Sept 1947, COP (Printed)
Group shot, Sept 1947, COP
Watermelon feed ! Sept 1947, COP (printed)
Cutting watermelon, Sept 1947, COP (Printed, published in 1948 Naranjado)
Cutting watermelon, Sept 1947, COP
Cutting watermelon, Sept 1947, COP (Robert E. Burns in suit, printed, published in 1948 Naranjado)
The one and only Mr.Robert E. Burns, Sept 1947, Naranjado, COP (Printed)
Gifting watermelon, Sept 1947, COP (Printed and published in 1948 Naranjado)

Few more images of students and staff stuffing their face with watermelon.

Watermelon feed ! Sept 1947, COP
Watermelon feed ! Sept 1947, COP
Watermelon feed ! Sept 1947, COP
Watermelon feed ! Sept 1947, COP (Printed)

There were two more negatives in the box that don’t belong to this event.

Three friends, 1947-1948

We’ve seen these young women in the previous blog post on the beach in Santa Cruz. We’ve also seen the scarecrows propped up in a car few blog posts back Clearly a negative that’s out of order, but it still ties together with COP and shows that Joel was sufficiently involved as a friend to take pictures when they are hanging out on the beach.

The last image in this box of 15 negatives is a bonfire, and I assume that this is Homecoming 1947.

Homecoming, 1947, COP

We’ll just have to keep an eye open for more Homecoming images. Hard to imagine Joel not taking pictures on that day.

Cheers !


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