Summer 2017

Do You Know This Child?

Tufts Medical Center wants to ID the tyke in this century-old photo.

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Photo: Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives

Is the tyke with the intent gaze in this famous, century-old black-and-white image a boy—as originally thought—or a girl? Why was he (or she) being treated at the Floating Hospital for Children in Boston? Daniel Bird, director of volunteer services and the unofficial historian at Tufts Medical Center, is hoping to find out. After stories about Bird’s quest to identify the pint-size patient appeared in The Boston Globe and other outlets, a dozen emails came in from as far away as the Netherlands, said medical center spokesperson Jeremy Lechan. Some respondents provided clues and others raised questions about the patient’s gender and condition—one pointed out a possible hand deformity—but “unfortunately, nothing has led us to finding out the child’s name and story,” Lechan said. Can you help crack the case? Email Lechan at —Courtney Hollands

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