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This woman was a waitress at the Boston Candy Kitchen in Chatham, N.Y. (of recent Shorpy fame) in the 1950s when I was in high school there. To my shame I can't remember her name, but she saw every idiot thing teenaged customers could get up to and bore them all with great good humor: definitely a Good Egg.
I probably took this in 1964 with a Nikon F. The image was rescued from a snapshot-sized print found years later via lots of Photoshop work - no idea where the negative went. View full size.