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Elfin Agnes: 1905

Elfin Agnes: 1905

"Shands [between March 1905 and August 1906]." Very likely one Agnes Shands, the daughter of Washington, D.C., physician Aurelius Rives Shands. 5x7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio. View full size.

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A Mystery Unveiled

Now I know the origin of the phrase, "Why, bless your pointed little head."

Washington Post Obit, 1988


Dress Shop Owner

Agnes H. Shands, 85, president and an owner of the Shands and Fleming dress shop, which she helped founded in 1936, died of cerebral thrombosis Oct. 18 at her home in Washington.

She was born in Washington and graduated from the National Cathedral School for Girls. She and Harriet Fleming opened their dress shop at 2120 Florida Ave. NW. Miss Shands assumed full control of the business in the early 1960s, then in 1979 took two new business partners. She remained the store's president until her death.

Miss Shands had been a member of the Colonial Dames of America and the Sulgrave Club.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

pointed hat

looks like Margaret Hamilton's cousin from the good side of the family

So stinkin' cute

I find the hat whimsical. Utterly charming picture.

Something Ominous

Agnes is a beautiful, doll-like child, but for some reason I find that pointed hat disturbing.

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