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Party Time: 1923

Party Time: 1923

October 15, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Dorothy Mondell, Elizabeth Taylor Jones." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Not Ordinary Party Girls

What a power couple! Miss Jones, granddaughter of Senator James J. Jones of Arkansas. Miss Mondel, daughter of House Majority Leader Frank W. Mondell. First Lady of the United States, Grace Goodhue Coolidge, would attend both their weddings: Miss Jones to a Navy officer and Miss Mondell to a top lawyer in the Treasury Department.

Washington Post, Mar 6, 1924.


Engaged to Lieutenant.

Mrs. James Kimbrough Jones, jr., announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Elizabeth Taylor Jones, to Lieut. Harry Browning Slocum, U.S.N., stationed on the Mayflower. Miss Jones is the granddaughter of the late Senator James J. Jones, of Arkansas. Lieut. Slocum is the son of Mrs. S.W. Slocum, of El Centro, Calif.

Washington Post, Jun 16, 1926.

Capital Society

Mrs. Coolidge attended the wedding yesterday afternoon of Miss Elizabeth Taylor Jones, Daughter of Mrs. James Kimbrough Jones, to Lieut. Harry Browning Slocum, which took place at 5 o'clock in the Washington Heights Presbyterian church. …


I am struck by the contrast between these two lovely young ladies and the Young family in that previous offering. Amazing. I hope the Youngs did well in their future.

Shades of gray

One dress might be a pale peach and the other a soft mint green or maybe a light blue or mauve.

No matter the color both the young ladies wear them beautifully.

Love the shoes!

I like their dresses. They are quite feminine, compared to many fashions from the time. I'd love to see this one in color. I don't think the dresses were the same color. The shoes are great, too!

Best-Dressed Washington Girl

Dorothy Mondell: "often spoken of as the best-dressed Washington girl."

Washington Post, Jul 26, 1927.

Mrs. Coolidge to be at Mondell Wedding

Mrs. Coolidge plans to go to Newcastle, Wyo., tomorrow to attend the wedding of Miss Dorothy Mondell, daughter of the former Majority Leader, Frank W. Mondell, to Alexander White Gregg, chief counsel of the Treasury Department. … President Coolidge wanted to attend but found that he could not get away. It will be a 60-mile auto trip for Mrs. Coolidge.

Washington Post, Oct 25, 1931.

Mrs. Alexander Gregg, who as Miss Dorothy Mondell, was often spoken of as the best-dressed Washington girl, has kept up her reputation for good dressing as a young matron. Recently, Mrs. Gregg wore a tweed mixture dress on strictly tailored lines and over this she wore one of the ultra modish box jackets of leopard with sleeves coming just below the elbows and the coat ending just above the hips. With this Mrs. Gregg wore a hatter's plush tricorn.

Washington Post, Oct 21, 1941.

Mrs. Dorothy M. Gregg Wed to Maj. Davis in Georgetown

Stealing a march on many of their friends, Mrs. Dorothy Mondell Gregg and Maj. Sherlock Davis were married yesterday morning. A wedding breakfast followed at the bride's home in Georgetown, and they left afterward for Anniston, Ala., where Maj. Davis is on duty at Fort McClellan. Although the wedding was anticipated, it was expected to take place later in the week.

The bride wore a black velvet suit, with epaulettes of braid and a cluster of white orchids. Two clips, of scroll design in three shades of gold, completed the ensemble.

Washington Post, Jun 9, 1944.

Letter is Recountal of Capital 20 years Ago.

A backward look: Charm will out — even after 20 years. I have a letter to prove it. Signed by Maj. A.H. Hamilton-Gordon who was third secretary at the British Embassy here two decades ago, it came to my desk [Hope Riding Miller] from the War Office in London not long ago. It presents an interesting picture of the Washington-that-was, and also pays tribute to one of the most attractive women who ever belled it around this town.

Here's the letter in part:

"Myself, I was very fortunate. I had the privilege of escorting to some of the better parties, such as those given by Joe Leiters and Mrs. Harriman of Chevy Chase and the Columbia Country Club, and so on — a lovely girl, Miss Dorothy Mondell. She was the daughter of Representative Modell, leader of the House of Representatives. I think she married soon after that. Would it be possible for you to tell me whom she married? She was one of the most charming young ladies I ever met … and I would like so much to know what ever became of her."

For the information of Maj. Hamilton-Gordon. The former Dorothy Mondell did marry, not so long after you left. Her first husband, from whom she was divorced several years ago, was Alexander Gray. She is now Mrs. Sherlock Davis, wife of Colonel Davis, our assistant military attache at Buenos Aires; happily married and having a wonderful time.

Washington Post, May 12, 1975.


On Saturday, May 10, 1975, Dorothy Mondell Frame, wife of C. Wesley Frame, Sister of Frank Mondell. … Interment Cedar Hill Cemetery. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. John's Child Development Center or Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Fund.

The shoes

Are beautiful too!


Dorothy Mondell bears more than a passing resemblance to the Black Widow in Office Xmas Party.

In Memoriam

From Elizabeth's birth date it obvious she saw a lot of history from a lot of places. Her husband won several combat awards during WW-II including a Navy Cross for his actions during the Battle of Surigao Straits -- a very famous USN victory.


They both get my vote for the rarefied Shorpy "Pretty Girls" category.

Where's Lenny and Squiggy?

Laverne and Shirley, the Early Years!

Dot and Liz

I am thinking that Dorothy was the daughter of Wyoming congressman Franklin Wheeler Mondell and Elizabeth (1901-1968) eventually married Admiral Harry Browning Slocum.

What are the odds?

Only two guests and they show up wearing the same dress!

Pretty young ladies.

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