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Luxe Life: 1940

Luxe Life: 1940

Washington, D.C., circa 1940. "Cafritz, Morris, Mrs." A leader in both parties and philanthropy, Gwendolyn Cafritz was the Hungarian-born wife of real estate developer Morris Cafritz. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Washington Hostess

February 13, 1910 - November 29, 1988.

New York Times obituary

After her husband's death she became president of the The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. She and Morris had three sons. Since February 1989 their son Calvin Cafritz has been Board Chairman of the foundation.

The August 1, 1949 Life Magazine has a feature article on her here.

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She reminds me of Auntie Mame, although the staircase in Mame's apartment curved in the opposite direction.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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