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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Heart of the Jungle: 1925

Heart of the Jungle: 1925

May 4, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Sadie Leigh Lewis." A quick spin through the newspaper archive turns up these tidbits: Sadie died in 1944 and was a direct descendant of George Washington's sister Betty and her husband, Col. Fielding Lewis. Who can help us fill in the blanks of Sadie's life? View full size.

 

Sadie Lewis, C.A.O.

The 1919 D.C. Board of Education report lists Sadie L. Lewis as Chief Attendance Officer, and includes her report to the board's commissioners.

Speaking of the Jungle

The map shows Tonlé Sap, the lake that feeds the Mekong River in Cambodia. (The horror! The horror!)

It's been bothering me for two weeks, until I recognized the shape.

A few morsels

A Miss Sadie Leigh Lewis sang as a soprano with the Apollo Orchestra in Washington churches in 1910. The 1916-17 Catalogue for GWU lists her as a student in Columbian College, residing at 718 Taylor Street. In 1921 she was an attendant at the wedding of Elizabeth Tyree and John Shatuck.

Pen and ink

I love the fact that she is writing with a metal nib and inkwell. Nothing beats the kind of lines you get with those pens.

That notepad looks pretty dog-eared.

She means business.

I have no idea about her life story, but wow what a face! She looks like she means business.

She wishes...

... she were in the Heart of Africa with Paul J. Rainey, instead of whatever soul-deadening routine she's living.

Sweater Pills

Well, I'm pretty sure she didn't invent the fabric-shaver.

 
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