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Overflow Crowd: 1918

Overflow Crowd: 1918

June 14, 1918. "Scene in corridor of American Military Hospital No. 1 at Neuilly, France." Photo by Lewis Hine for the American Red Cross. View full size.

 

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Lycée Pasteur

Defense department archives reflect that American Red Cross Military Hospital No. 1 was housed in a recently-constructed secondary school in Neuilly that would later become famous as Lycée Pasteur de Neuilly-sur-Seine. I initially thought this must be the original building of the American Hospital of Paris, which was established in Neuilly in 1909, but the architectural styles were completely different.

Banjo In The Back

Can it be that the patient in the bed behind the nurse is playing a banjo? Music has been shown to be helpful in healing and recovery. If no music is available, a banjo will suffice.

[Holding a magazine or newspaper. -tterrace]

Thanks. Now I see it. A newspaper makes more sense than a banjo. But the idea of a banjo in a hospital makes me smile anyway.

The expression

on the face of the young man with the nurse says it all!

Rosy setting

I love the single rose on each bedside table, a touch of beauty in a very tough setting.

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