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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

The Bricks of St. Mary's: 1952

The Bricks of St. Mary's: 1952

"July 13, 1952. Maurine, Grace, Helen, Albert, Morris and Leslie at St. Mary's, Rochester." The latest installment of Minnesota Kodachromes. View full size.

Found in a newspaper

From the Algona (Iowa) Advance, dated July 3, 1952...

Out Back

This picture was taken on the rear or south side of Saint Mary's. The rear of the hospital in the 1950's faced a park-like setting. It was where patients could sit if they were ambulatory enough to leave the building. I grew up a block away from this hospital.

Group Photos in the Old Days

I've seen a number of these dated group shots recently, and one thing seems to be almost always true. One guy invariably is looking at the camera. The iconic early 30s photo of the iron workers sitting on the I-beam at great altitude over NYC comes to mind. The guy on the right was the only one looking at the camera in that shot as well. I imagine, if a professional photographer was taking the pic, he probably instructed everyone to be about their business to make the photo look more natural, but there's frequently that one guy who just can't help himself!

Some people

just don't like having their picture taken, or maybe, it just wasn't quite the right moment.

Went to see if I could find anyone from this photo.

Since we knew to (maybe) work off of the Nashville, Minnesota, area, I punched Leslie into Ancestry's search field, and the very first hit was for a Leslie Boler in the 1940 Census, son of a Claude Boler. Leslie would have been around 31 or so in this photo.

Mayo Clinic

So much to decipher here. Who were they visiting at the Mayo Clinic (St. Mary's is one of their facilities in Rochester, NY)? The lady in pink seems to be in pajamas, not street clothes, would it have been her?

(Also, the guy in the blue shirt has amazing taste in both shoes and socks!)

[The Mayo Clinic is in Minnesota, not New York. - Dave]

It Looked Like a Happy Gathering at First --

Then you see the tiredness on their faces, the guy in the background in a wheelchair, then realize St. Mary's is probably St. Mary's Hospital, which is today a part of the Mayo Clinic.

I hope everything worked out fine for them for whatever reason it was they were there.

 
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