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Who’s the mystery child in this 103-year-old Floating Hospital photo?

(CNN)His face is known to all who work at the Floating Hospital for Children in Boston and familiar to many in the community — but nobody can tell you his name.

In the black-and-white image from 1914, an unidentified child pokes his head through a life preserver with the words “The Boston Floating Hospital” around the rim. More than 100 years after the photo was taken, staff members at Tufts Medical Center are trying to discover who he is.

“This particular photo has been used by the hospital for promotional purposes and for fundraising, and unfortunately, we don’t know the child’s name,” said Daniel Bird, the director of volunteer services and “unofficial historian” at Tufts Medical Center.
Bird has become fascinated with the image of this boy, who became the face of the academic medical center.
The Floating Hospital for Children literally started on a boat in 1894, Bird said.
“Back in that era, there wasn’t>>

CREDIT: ROBERT JIMISON, CNN

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