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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Helen of Hoops: 1924

Helen of Hoops: 1924

Washington, D.C. "Helen Davis, 1924." Helen's father, Dwight Davis, was Secretary of War in the Coolidge administration and a tennis champion who founded the Davis Cup. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Looks chilly

She was happy and bubbly but look at that snow melting in the foreground. I wonder what the temperature was?

More about Helen

Secretary Davis and his first wife Helen had three daughters -- Alice, Cynthia, and Helen (pictured), and a son, Dwight Jr. In December 1942, Helen married artist and sculptor R. Allen Hermes. The couple settled in the Redding, Connecticut, area, where she became a civic leader and philanthropist. In the second quarter of 2010 she contributed to one of the candidates in the U.S. Senate race in Connecticut, so she may still be with us. A news account of her wedding stated she was 28 years old. If accurate, that which would mean that she was born about 1914, and would be about 96 today. That would also make her about 10 years old when this picture was taken.

[You might want to check your math there. - Dave]

She married a Baron in 1934.

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

Here they are from the 1956 BTU yearbook.

A bad background

Didn't anyone of this era give any thought to the background or surroundings of these types of photographs? It looks like an otherwise beautiful (and perhaps talented) young lady is posing in the warehouse district.

Bubbly

Very cute bubble culottes.

 
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