Lately, I've discovered quite a few really excellent early photographs of scenes in the Doernbecher Memorial Hospital for Children (now called Doernbecher Children's Hospital) in a large collection of random stuff that we continue to pile through. There's one with Santa visiting the children, with a man in what appears to be standard Sami dress leading an actual reindeer. There are great shots of patients at meal times, or selecting items off the toy cart. I'd love to share them all with you here.
Alas, HIPAA prevents us from publishing any photos of patients shown full face without permission from the individual and/or the individual's family for 75 years from the death of the patient. And while Doernbecher did first open in 1926, odds are very good that most of these young patients lived well beyond 1935. It's true that most of these photos were probably taken for the purposes of publicity, but since HIPAA didn't exist back then (neither did informed consent, or many of the safeguards we've come to think of as "patients' rights"), it would be very difficult to resurrect proof of permission granted. And while we could assume that the individuals depicted would never see this blog post, or that if they did they would not take offense, we try to be as respectful as we can in dealing with those who were not here for education or a paycheck.
This morning, though, I came across a lovely shot sans patients, which shows an examination room in the hospital in the 1920s (probably; it's not dated). Enjoy!