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Doll Bed: 1931

Doll Bed: 1931

Washington, D.C., 1931. "Children in hospital bed with dolls." Retroactive wishes for a speedy recovery, kids. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Doll faces

That was quite a collection of dolls! They'd have had to be careful that they didn't fall off the bed, though, because at least most of those dolls would break.

I hope the children were comforted by the dolls. They used to keep people hospitalized a lot longer, and usually had strict visiting hours and didn't allow parents to stay there over night. I hope these children recovered and had good lives!


The look on the face of the child in front is so tragic; having grandkids of my own, I don't know how I would react if I saw this look on their faces.

God Bless these kids!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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