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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Piano Prodigy: 1922

Piano Prodigy: 1922

November 1922. New York. "Evelione Taglione, 16-year-old pianist." As pictured, maybe a little closer to playing the violin. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

I recognize her

It's a young (VERY YOUNG) Rosie O'Donnell!

Nov 1922

She played Town Hall in NY in Nov of 1922 according to the NY Times. She sailed for Europe in April of 1926, on the Reliance - a ship from the American Lines, bound for Cherbourg, Southhampton and Hamburg.

Rating

She is wearing a Chief Quartermasters rating badge (QMC), on that highly modified uniform.

I wonder if she choose that particular one because she knew somebody that had something to do with that rating, or if because of the nautical vibe that the Quartermasters rating badge conveys so very well with that ships wheel on it.

Cool to see for me either way.

Thank You

Thanks for the link, eTraxx. Very informative. Notice how both here and in the link, the chevrons are those of a Chief Petty Officer? No Seaman's rank for these ladies. I gotta believe Old Salts of the time cringed when they saw little girls, and Donald Duck for that matter, walking around in their warrior suits!

Sailor Suits

This article explains the Sailor Suit theme.

Navy Theme

I've seen any number of photos from this era, both here and elsewhere. What was the fashion facination girls/young women of the day had with naval chevrons on a navy themed jumper or dress? Anyone know?

Uh Oh, Chuckie's Coming

Forget the cat lady in her midi dress and check out the expression of the doll on the far right, who seems to have her own toy cat (or maybe toy monkey) in her lap.

 
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