5W Wednesdays

Historic Saranac Lake has had such success with the 5Ws Wednesdays already, so let’s try one that’s had us stumped for a while. We need your help identifying the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, and/or WHY of this photo. We know that Dorothy Blanche Smith is the sixth woman from the left in this photograph, but we don’t know where it was taken or for what occasion. Blanche, as she was known, was born in Harrietstown in 1887 to Charles H. Smith and Mary Colon. She became a nurse like her mother, and eventually married someone with the last name Brown. Nursing uniforms vary by the school and/or hospital, but we have not been able to identify this one. Do you recognize this style of uniform, or the building behind these women? Let us know by calling 518-891-4606 or sending us an email at mail@historicsaranaclake.org. If we get helpful information, we’ll add it to the catalog record for the photograph. This feature will run every Wednesday, so be sure to keep an eye out for other mystery photographs! (Photo provided — Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2009.2.5. Gift of W. Dean Carrier in memory of John Dean Carrier.)


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