A fortnight ago, ex-Hasmo Robert Coe (1957-1964) commented to Hasmo Legends I that he had a Hasmonean school photograph in his possession dating back to 1959.
Robert has now gone to the trouble (and no little expense) of having the wide-angle shot (above) professionally scanned. And, even though the only person I recognise in the photograph is WW Stanton – I hope readers of melchett mike might fill in the gaps – it really is quite wonderful. Saved to my laptop, I can zoom in and see every ugly mug – and there are plenty! – with frightening clarity.
I obviously cannot send the 3MB file to every reader individually, and – as photo-sharing websites such as Flickr cannot do the full photograph justice – a Tel Aviv graphic designer friend, Steve Davis, has done his best on his website:
Some of the clarity, however, especially in close-up, is lost with the full photograph, and ex-Hasmo Adrian Reiss (1960-1963) – the second in a long line of mischievous Reiss’s at the school (see the “Reiss’s cousin” story four paragraphs below the staff photo in Hasmo Legends I) – has very kindly chopped it, left to right, into the following sections:
Thank you, Robert, Steve and Adrian, for your sterling efforts.