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Vilray P. Blair Photographs and Drawings
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Vilray P. Blair Photographs and Drawings

  • VC001
  • Collection
  • 1900-1950

This collection consists of 85 photographs and drawings documenting a range of subjects in the personal and professional life of Dr. Vilray P. Blair (1871-1955). The collection includes photographs of Blair, his family and colleauges, and his residence in Florissant, Missouri. Other depicted subjects from Blair's professional career include his operating room at Barnes Hospital specially decorated by artist Gisella Loeffler (1900-1977), his plaster cast shop, and a selection of his plastic surgery patients. Several of the patient photographs appear in Dr. Blair's published papers, including: "The Surgical Restoration of the Lining of the Mouth" (1923), "The Full Thickness Skin Graft" (1924), and "The Problem of Bringing Forward the Retracted Upper Lip and Nose" (1926).

Blair, Vilray Papin, 1871-1955

Operating room of Vilray P. Blair.

Dr. Vilray P. Blair's plastic surgery amphitheater in the Rand-Johnson surgical wing at Barnes Hospital was specially decorated by artist Gisella Loeffler. This section of the mural depicts scenes from the fairy tales "The Frog Prince" and "Little Red Riding Hood."

Loeffler, Gisella

Operating room of Vilray P. Blair.

Dr. Vilray P. Blair's plastic surgery amphitheater in the Rand-Johnson surgical wing at Barnes Hospital was specially decorated by artist Gisella Loeffler. This section of the mural depicts a seen reminiscent of the fairy tale "The Town Musicians of Bremen" with a rooster, cat, and dog riding on the back of a donkey.

Loeffler, Gisella

Operating room of Vilray P. Blair.

Dr. Vilray P. Blair's plastic surgery amphitheater in the Rand-Johnson surgical wing at Barnes Hospital was specially decorated by artist Gisella Loeffler. This view of the two story wall of the surgical amphitheater shows illustrations of Jake and the Beanstalk and the Cat and the Fiddle and the Cow jumping over the Moon.

Loeffler, Gisella

Operating room of Vilray P. Blair.

Dr. Vilray P. Blair's plastic surgery amphitheater in the Rand-Johnson surgical wing at Barnes Hospital was specially decorated by artist Gisella Loeffler. This section of the mural depicts a seen reminiscent of the fairy tale "The Town Musicians of Bremen" with a rooster, cat, and dog riding on the back of a donkey.

Loeffler, Gisella

Detail of operating room of Vilray P. Blair.

Detail of Dr. Vilray P. Blair's plastic surgery amphitheater in the Rand-Johnson surgical wing at Barnes Hospital, specially decorated by artist Gisella Loeffler. The section of the mural on the second level walkway shows Adam and Eve being expelled from the Garden of Eden.

Loeffler, Gisella

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