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High Society: 1939

High Society: 1939

Washington, D.C., 1939. "Henderson, Adrienne, Miss, portrait." The town, a night on, ready for. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Fleeting moments of youth!

Very pretty girl. She seems to have a pleasant demeanor. If she is alive today she would say, "It seems like only yesterday I wore that dress." Youth is indeed fleeting!

Har Dee Har Har!

Was I the only visitor amused by Dave's photo caption? That was funny, right there!

Lovely Lady, Lovely Gown

I think she's beautiful, charming and has the most elegant hands. Her velvet and sequined gown is to die for!

And yes, Brooks, some of us still do paint our nails with a moon manicure and the little sliver off at the tips as well (that was a practical thing to do to help your polish last longer in those days. My grandmother taught me that and it still works today!)


My mother used to paint her nails like that, with empty half-moons at the cuticle. Do women do that any more?

Econ 101

You just can't buy pretty, can you?

Adrienne Returns!

One more shot of the lovely Ms Henderson from her salad days, before she discovered her cowboy romance out West!


Wow, that dress is just stunning.

A Perfect Hand Model!

I would have been her hand groupie, a la George Costanza. They are lovely!

Adrienne, we meet again

Her dress is absolutely lovely. From the other photo, I assumed it was mostly sequins, but this is much prettier. Love the elegant pose, too.

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