Monday, April 20, 2009

Picnic weather!

Portland, Oregon, is on track to flirt with today's record high temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit, and the sky is a crystal blue. No wonders we're all having a hard time concentrating on the work at hand.

So, instead, we offer this image of a picnic past, courtesy of the OHSU Historical Image Collection (click for larger image). The photo is included in the folder of images of Simeon E. Josephi, M.D., first dean of the medical school. A handwritten note on the back indicates that the photo was first given to "St. David's Parish Jan. 1966 by the Misses Louise and Virginia Thompson" (which sounds like something straight out of E.M. Forster). While he isn't positively identified on the piece itself, our guess is that Dr. Josephi is the hatless, mustachioed man with the white knotted cravat and umbrella. He kept the facial hair throughout his career:

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