Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Esther Pohl Lovejoy in Greece, 1928

In this scene are men carrying large poles or sticks, in a courtyard with two bears. One of them is on all fours near the man on the right, and one is standing on hind legs next to the man on the left (who is holding a chain that goes around the animal’s neck). The standing bear looks like a person in a (very realistic) bear suit or some kind of stuffed animal. There is also a monkey hanging off of the man in the background.

Esther Pohl Lovejoy (center) was dedicated to alleviating suffering and served with the Red Cross during World War I. In 1919 she became the president of the American Women's Hospital Service and in her role organized relief missions to the Near East and especially Greece. Her book Certain Samaritans documents the work of the AWHS including her trips to Greece and Turkey.

Also pictured is Dr. Angenette Parry, who was President of the Medical Women’s National Association from 1918-1919.

The photograph was printed as a “Carte Postale” or postcard.

Finding aids to Lovejoy's collections can be found on the HC&A Website (her collections are accession #s 2001-004 and 2001-011).

--Max Johnson, HC&A Student Assistant

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