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A Garland of Goddesses: 1909

A Garland of Goddesses: 1909

New York, 1909. "Greek Festival -- Gladys Mumford, Mary Meyers, Susan Dresser, Elise Holmes, Mary French, Alice Richard, Gladys Robbins." The theme here is classical antiquity, although Miss Holmes betrays a certain Cubist insouciance. 8x10 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Gladys No. 2

is giving me an Amy Sedaris vibe. Except Amy would be happier among all the fru fru than that.

Name distribution

You might expect to find two Marys in a group of seven women, but two Gladyses -- that's special.

And they all sighed:

Can we go home now?

Smiling or not

Mary French is beautiful. Hope she had a nice, happy life.

Heavily Sedated

Perhaps the ladies have merely taken too much Benadryl to combat the allergies that garland is stirring up.

Multiple personalities

The three faces of Elise.

Put On A Happy Face!

C'mon girls, smile!

Someone.... Anyone.... PLEASE!

Gives me the giggles

Try as I might, I can't help but think of Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn, the mayor's wife in The Music Man. Remember Eulalie and the Women's Auxiliary, who waft their middle-aged selves about in Greek gowns?

Stand STILL!

Mary Meyers and Susan Dresser were apparently the only two who could stand still for the shutter's opening, although they do look drugged.

"Cubist insouciance" - what a wonderful turn of words!

That's Olistene in the middle...

daughter of Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions.

None

Seem particularly pleased to be there.

Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn

"One Grecian Urn . . ."

 
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