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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Stella May: 1938

Stella May: 1938

November 1938. "Fortune teller, state fair, Donaldsonville, Louisiana." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Dear Heavens!

She truly has what some people used to call "a face made for radio."

Stella!!!

Wow -- I love these old photos! She's not very attractive, true, but she may have a been a really sweet woman. I've noticed that a lot of these older photos of women way back when are very stern and no-nonsense but that didn't always reflect their personalities. I'm thinking of some in my old family photo album who looked really mean but i remember them being the sweetest people.

Yikes.

George Washington lives!

When Stella smiles

she probably looks much much different. She does look like a tough lady though, that's for sure.

Your Enemies

I get the feeling Stella might have a clearer focus on enemies than friends or sweethearts.

Looks like....

Is that Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband in drag? Prince Von A-something?

Madam Stella

She looks pretty grim. I'm not sure I'd want to know the future she'd predict! That could be a cute hat on someone younger or more lively, though.

 
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