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The Lady in Purple: 1952

The Lady in Purple: 1952

"Kay Fancher -- 23 Feb 1952." The latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes co-stars Hubert's record collection, which includes the classics Accordiana and Larry Adler: Harmonica Virtuoso. Also: antimacassars protected by antimacassars! 35mm color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

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I really want her suit and shoes.

I forgot those ashtrays existed. Ours was blue, I think and I do not recall that tray around it. This one must be the higher end version.

That Ashtray, part 2

Push that small button and all those nasty cigs and ashes disappear, like magic. Just don't make an 'ash' of yourself and keep pushing it to hear the neat noise it makes.

[The only places I had a chance to do that were in department stores and bus depots. -tterrace]

Maybe They Were Common

We have a vase identical to the ones on the table to her left. It still looks just like it did in 1952.

Kathryn Charlotte (Gamble) Fancher (Rogers)

I suspect our Kate could be Kathryn Fancher, of nearby Fairmont, Minnesota, as she's the only Kate/Kathryn/Catherine/et al Fancher living in the area at the time.

[Name note: It's Kay, not Kate. - Dave]

If it IS her, she was born January 11, 1908 in Montana to a Charles and Mildred (Teeter) Gamble. According to the 1910 Census, she lived in School District 17 of Valley County, Montana. At some point after 1920 she moved to Fairmont, Minnesota. In 1929 she wed a Roger Fancher, and they had two children, Joseph Charles (1936) and Barbara Ann (1938). At some point before 1960 she and Roger separated (he married again in 1960), and Kathryn kept her ex-husband's name until she married Lloyd Rogers in May of 1993 at the age of 85. Lloyd died the following March. Kate died away in Fairmont June 21, 1996 at the age of 88.

She seemed to have lived in Fairmont, Minnesota, for all of her adult life.

Correction: Mildred would be an older sister, the mother was a Jessie Teeter. Strangely, in 1920 Jessie is listed as Head of House and her husband as secondary - that's what threw me for a moment. I've never seen the wife declared head on a census form before with the husband still living, so it surprised me.

The Matchbook

This one I believe.

Dem Shoes

Quite a nice record collection here, but I noticed the same thing as Sagitta and davidk. What a housekeeper! And ashtrays are so rare today, if you have one sitting in your house, guests look at you as if you are about to expose yourself. Best of all, I LOVE those shoes!

The golden age of smoking

I count three ashtrays, or maybe five if that's a stack in the middle. And see how shiny the metal one is. With matches at the ready!

[Below is an alternate view. Click to enlarge. - Dave]

That ashtray

You could practically eat off that thing! I suspect someone was extraordinarily fastidious with their housecleaning.

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