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Elinor M.: 1933

Elinor M.: 1933

"Miss Elinor McNeir, portrait, 1933." Elinor was a granddaughter of Julius Burrows (1837-1915), senator from Michigan. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

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Oh how I love the Marcel waves she's sporting! This hairstyle was the bee's knees in her day. She is a lovely woman, very classically boned. *sigh* I was born five decades too late.

Mad Men

The American Airlines crash that Mrs. Lange died in is the same crash that "Mad Men" references in Season 2, Episode 2. It was about the same time John Glenn was being honored with a ticker-tape on Broadway for being the first American to orbit the Earth.

Elinor McNeir Lange: 1913-1962

July 15, 1913: Elinor Katrine McNeir born in New York City.

March 27, 1934: Elinor McNeir, senior at Mount Vernon Seminary, Washington, D.C., is engaged to Laurence Lange, NYU '30.

July 1, 1934: Married in Bronxville, N.Y.

April 25, 1936: Son Thomas born.

Couple resided in Bronxville. Mr. Lange was a college dean. Frequent appearances by the Langes in NYT social pages.

March 1, 1962: The Langes are among 95 people killed in the crash of an American Airlines 707 jet shortly after takeoff from Idlewild Airport.

(NYT archives).

The Picture of Dignity

And don't you ever forget it, Hubby "Dear," or she'll fracture your skull with a rolling pin!

She's right out of a Laurel & Hardy movie: "Oh, so you've been out on the town again, Ollie? Have you?"

"But honey-pie... sugar-face... you just don't understand..."

"I understand all right, you worm!"

I must say...

Miss McNeir is a LOT betting looking than Miss Orloff.


What an amazingly clear photograph for the time. I love the details of her lower lashes and the soft hairs on her face. A beautiful woman wonderfully photographed.

Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life

The inimitable Madeline Kahn, in "Young Frankenstein"!

Re: Curtains for you

Chaco, the dress was something Miss Elinor saw in the window and just had to have.


Single you say? I'm getting notions.


A true "peaches and cream" complexion, elegant long neck and perfect jawline. A photographer's dream.

Waves for you

That hairstyle is known as the old classic "finger wave."

Curtains for you

That fabric reminds of curtains my Mother used to have in the living room.

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