October 3, 2013 11:00 AM
Mary Ann Travis
During this Homecoming weekend (Oct. 4–5) when Tulane University alumni who graduated in years ending in “3” or “8” are having their class reunions, Dr. Ralph L. Brock, medical school class of 1948, has a photo and story to share.
“A bellboy went with me to be sure that this was not a suicide attempt on my part,” recalls Brock. “I took the picture at 7:45 a.m.”Brock had become fascinated by the shadow patterns on the hospital walls as he reported for his 8 a.m. classes.
“It seemed the most interesting pattern occurred between 7:30 and 8 a.m.”So Brock shot the photograph at the optimum time with his Argus C-3 camera, using Kodak Kodachrome film. For 65 years, he has protected the 35 mm slide of the photo from light and severe temperature changes.
“The colors have remained amazingly true,” he says.Brock notes that, in the photo, Hutchinson Memorial Building, which was built in 1930, has only one entrance. This was before a 1959 addition — the Libby Building — was attached to the building.
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