black & white group photo of fourteen men, each identified by writing in the margins of the frame

Group photo on the Bulfinch steps

Groups of MGHers have long enjoyed the tradition of photos on the Bulfinch steps. The earliest such photo held by the MGH Archives dates from the 1870s, and from the 1880s onward these photos were frequently taken by the hospital’s apothecary, who did double duty as the hospital’s photographer.