Today marks the passing of comedian Bob Hope, who died on July 27th, 2003 at the age of 100. Hugh Morton first photographed Hope in 1944 when he entertained troops during World War II on New Caledonia in the South Pacific. In Sixty Years with a Camera, Morton described his assignment to cover Hope’s tour as “three of the happiest days of my life.”
The photograph of Hope drinking from a dipper was likely made at Grandfather Country Club, which Hope visited twice in his life. Hope and Morton developed a friendship over the years, and currently there are twenty photographs of Hope represented in the online collection. The above photograph appears on a roll of film that includes a photograph (cropped by me) of Charlie Justice and Hope sharing their profiles for Morton’s camera.
The event also produced a photograph (not online) that depicts an unidentified person wearing one of the most outlandish sports coats I’ve ever seen! Can anyone identify the event?