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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Cinderella Santa: 1921

Cinderella Santa: 1921

Dec. 23, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Little Betty Sze, daughter of the ambassador from China, and Madame Sze meet the American Santa Claus, who called to visit her at the legation today." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 
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Madame Was Definitely a Looker

Here's a portrait of her from 1916.

Not too sure

Little Betty looks a bit nervous about the man in the red suit, mirroring the expression of countless kids on their first trip or two to meet Santa. At least she's not screaming. It's a beautiful picture.

That Little Bear

I believe that is an old Steiff bear, Which would now be worth a fortune. Great picture. Merry Christmas to everyone involved with, or just thankful for Shorpy.com.

Santa's Shops

Santa's bag advertises the Cinderella Shops with location of 14th and G streets. They were located in the Cinderella Building (615-619 14th Street) per the 1923 Washington City Directory and included The Cinderella Candy Shop, The Cinderella Gift Shop, The Cinderella Infant Shop, and The Cinderella Tea Company.

2001 19th Street NW

This building in Adams Morgan was the Chinese embassy for many years.

Pretty baby

What a beautiful mom and daughter! Santa looks like he needs to eat more cookies. He's not "..chubby and plump; a right jolly old elf.."!

Madame Sze is cute.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Betty O'Neill

Betty O'Neill (Sze)
Birthdate: August 21, 1919
Death: Died January 1, 1996

 
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