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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

I Was a Secretary for the FBI

I Was a Secretary for the FBI

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Federal Bureau of Investigation. Miss Helen Gandy, secretary to J. Edgar Hoover." Photo by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Her Nibs

I learned cursive with a pen like that. Really tricky if you're left-handed.

FBI Gandy

I'd have loved to get a couple drinks in her then listen to her "war stories."

Clean Up

If my memory is correct, Ms Gandy was the person tasked with destroying the legendary secret files of Director Hoover upon his passing in 1972.

How fitting

Miss Gandy has on her desk the three wise monkeys that embody that old proverbial principle of See no evil, Hear no evil and Speak no evil.

 
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