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Sea Legs: 1927

Sea Legs: 1927

March 23, 1927. Our second look at Sally Phillips, Fanny Dial, Frances Gore and Georgiana Joyes somewhere on the Potomac. View full size. National Photo.

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Dial family

This is Joe Manning. I found out quite a bit about the Dial children, including more on Fannie. Check on my website at

Don't touch that Dial

In 1921, Fanny Dial's father, Nathaniel B. Dial, was serving his only term as a senator from South Carolina. Dial was defeated in 1924 in the Democratic primary after stating in a debate that it was his "private affair" if he employed members of his family in his office. (Time, Sept. 1, 1924)

Fanny and her sister Dorothy stuck around Washington for at least a while. In 1927 Fanny was one of seven young women serving as pages for the conference of the National Women's Christian Temperance Union, all of whom were described by the presiding officer as "living examples of the truth that a girl can be popular in Washington without taking a drink or asking for a cigaret. ("Washington Debs Acting as Pages," Ogden, Utah, Standard-Examiner, January 26, 1927)

By 1929 she was still highlighted as one of the yacht club's debutantes. See "Washington is Getting Ready for Cup Regatta," Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent, September 7, 1929. Then the trail goes cold.

All Wet

Poor things - the humidity has left them a little worse for wear. Pincurls just don't last on the Potomac!

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