I understand that in all likelihood I’m the only person who remembers this, yet I’m still going to exult in it.
I wrote a post some time ago that began with this image:
Here’s what I had to say about it before I veered off in a completely different direction:
It’s a very old picture–printed from a glass plate negative–of Rice biologists Julian Huxley, Hermann Muller and Edgar Altenburg. It’s labeled on the back, “Biology faculty, Woods Hole, Summer 1917.” It’s a great picture but I was immediately skeptical about the date. 1917 is surely too late for these three to be there, as Huxley would have already returned to England. So I began trying to figure out when this could have been taken. I think it must have been the summer of 1916.
So we’ve had a young woman from Oxford in the Woodson this week and she’s working with the Julian Huxley collection, which means that I’ve also been poking around in those boxes. Just now I came across an envelope labeled—(wait for it)—”Woods Hole, Summer 1916.” Yes, Melissa. You were so right!
There were about two dozen photos of the town and the facilities and here are a couple, just for your enjoyment:
Huxley deemed only two images in this stack important enough to label more specifically. The first is this one, which he identifies as the famous Albatross, the ship that carried biologist Louis Aggasiz on several important research expeditions:
The second, which I find deeply endearing, is this–”Mrs. Snow’s Shop”–where I suppose Julian Huxley bought his dry goods while in town:
Bonus: Credit where credit is due. The Italian cypress trees on the quad look to be in really good shape these days, both green and upright.