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A tip of the Shorpy hat to the first person who can put a name to this well-known face from 1914. (And now for the caption: "August 5, 1914. New York. Evelyn Thaw arriving from Southampton on White Star liner Olympic." The former teen beauty Evelyn Nesbit, shown here at age 29, achieved notoriety in 1906 when her lover Stanford White, the noted architect, was killed by her husband, Harry Thaw.) Glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.