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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Jean: 1937

Jean: 1937

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Jean Wallace." The daughter of Henry A. Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture and future Vice President, at the Wardman Park Hotel pool. Harrs & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Wardman Park: Tower of Power

Any doubt about whether the Wardman Park apartment towers were an important axis of power in the FDR years is resolved by this excerpt from the 1940 census for that building. In successive entries are the families of Robert H. Jackson, (then the Attorney General and soon to become a legendary Supreme Court justice); Judge Fred Vinson (then on the D.C. Circuit, and the next Chief Justice of the United States); and Henry Wallace (then the Secretary of Agriculture and a few months from his selection as FDR's next running mate, and a one-term Vice President). Further down on the same page is Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg and his family, and on the next page, future U.S. Army General Matthew Ridgeway.

Spy kid

Before long, Miss Wallace would graduate from Connecticut College and accept a wartime position in, of all places, the OSS, predecessor to the CIA. According to Elizabeth McIntosh's book "Sisterhood of Spies," Jean and Henry Wallace would walk to work together from their apartment at the Wardman Park, Henry eventually turning left to the White House and Jean right, to her office at the OSS's temporary quarters near the Reflecting Pool.

Super-absorbent

Her hair's dry and her lipstick's intact. She's not about to get in the pool, not with that knitted swimsuit. It looks like it can soak up fifty gallons of water.

Still with us.

Jean Wallace Douglas, now 89 years old, was named one of Forbes Magazine's 400 Richest Americans in 1998.

VP Kids

It's obvious that Henry Wallace's daughter was a lot hotter than either of the two Nixon or Johnson girls.

Non-Skid Surface

This image nicely depicts a sensible (if no-frills) non-skid poolside surface application.

[It's certainly what caught my eye. - Dave]

Do not let your children look!

Obvious propaganda for her father's socialist agenda.

 
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