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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

First Female Page (Colorized): 1939

First Female Page (Colorized): 1939

The first female page in the National House of Representatives, 1939. She is the daughter of Rep. Cox of Georgia. A colorized version of a photo from the Harris & Ewing Collection (Library of Congress).

Well done!

This is certainly the best colorizing job I've seen on this site. You're obviously quite experienced. Even the hair looks natural, and from the other colorized pictures I've looked at, that's quite difficult to do.

It's in the Genes

Her name was Gene Cox, like the name used to refer to her father, Representative E. Eugene Cox (when they weren't calling him "Goober"). According to Time magazine he chose his teenage daughter as his temporary page over the objections of the House doorkeeper. She served only one day (according to Time) or three days (according to a newspaper account). Thus, she was long gone when her father had a fist-fight with 83-year-old Rep. Adolph Sabath, his liberal counterpart in the leadership of the House Rules Committee. Thirty-four years would pass until a girl was appointed as a permanent page (in 1973 by House Speaker Carl Albert).

Females pages in 1939!

I had no idea there were female pages albeit the daughter of a congressman as early as 1939. Thanks for educating me. She's got that nice, strong American girl look to her. Wonder about the rest of her life.

Great job

Even the skin tones look natural. If I saw this elsewhere I might think it was originally in color.

Real colors

Was this photo black-white? If really yes, you did incredible work to colorize it. Colors are very natural. Good job!

 
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