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"Miss Cecelia [Cecilia] O'Dea, 1922." Cecelia, who played the piano and sang, had her name in the pages of the Washington Post maybe a dozen times, usually as an accompanist or soloist at recitals and such. Now, 80 years later, here's her picture. Take it away, Cecelia. National Photo Collection glass negative. View full size.