A beautiful but empty hallway....

"The front court of the WLH. taken the other day. {OC}"


There - him!  But is he comping in, or just passing through....

Evidently, It All Began in This Rented Building for The Water of Life Hospital in 1918....

Taken on Christmas Day.

"Water of Life Hospital in rented bldg belonging to Bd, Kiukiang, Ki. China.  Christmas decorations at entrance {OC}"


Yes! A real adult!

Maybe we should ask him if this is a holiday break (uh, a furlough for all) and no one works here?  

But hold on, doesn't he look more confused than we are.

"Chrysanthemum time at the W.L.H. Through the door you see one of the soldiers in the line march for Anhwei {OC}"

There it is - someone at the door! Okay - you gotta be kidding me, he looks more like someone who's had a few pints than a hospital personnel (may be off duty - a soldier?) "Chrysanthemum season! {OC}"

"W.L.H., January 1929 {OC}"

At last, we found him - and there he stands, yes, Man of the House!

"Edward under Hospital wisteria, April 1926. {OC}"

"Wounded soldiers arriving at entrance of W.L.H.{OC}" (This evokes the theme song from M*A*S*H*)

Oh look, a real soul inside the hospital compound; but uh, I think that's a kid, no? 

Also did the season just change on us, or is it me (I just had a pint too).

Indeed, that's snow: "The Water of Life Hospital Court, January, 1929 {OC}"

Really?  Why do I start to get the feeling that no one actually works here but this beagle (?)

A Disclaimer of Sorts: I merely perhaps (re)discovered Mrs. Perkins' intended humor, since these pictures were indeed pretty much aligned along the same sequence on two leaflets of the same photo album.

The Kiukiang Water of Life Hospital <九江生命活水醫院> ca. 1918


WLH Group Photos    //    WLH Personnel    //    WLH Patients    //    WLH Graduations    //    WLH Children

So, this must Be the WLH mascot

guarding the front entrance?

"Our front gate:morning-glory and cypress vines. {OC}"

"The present Water of Life Hospital showing the new rooms on the second story of one section {OC}"

"My office is screened by the blooming crepe myrtle bushes. A massive pink bloom. {OC}"

Oh wait, sorry, The Women of the House have arrived!

​Yangtze River By The Hudson Ba​y

"a corner of Water of Life Hospital Taken from court yard. Wing at right is where nurses live. {OC}"

Look, him again - but appears to be a little beat.... must have been a long day in the operating room....

"The purple (yes - imagine) wisteria lined just below a merit board that was presented by the Government in recognition of the hospital. Kiukiang 1926. {OC}"