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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Miss McNeir Again: 1933

Miss McNeir Again: 1933

Another shot of Elinor McNeir from her 1933 portrait sitting at the Harris & Ewing studios in Washington. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Goodness

What a classic beauty.

Aunt Lily?

This one has some firm ideas about things. A guaranteed stickler for manners and cleanliness. Probably nice to kids, though.

The "Garment"

The garment appears to be a photographer's drape. They've been around forever and are still available. The black velvet "senior drape" is a staple for high school portraits.

Recycle !

It's fairly obvious at the point that the "garment" being worn is just some fabric that was lying around the studio.

[Somehow I doubt it. - Dave]

Those eyes! That hair! That sheath!

She looks like Aimee Semple McNeir!

 
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