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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

To Splitsville: 1925

To Splitsville: 1925

New York circa 1925. "McCall." Marion McCall Converse, the future ex-wife of Converse M. Converse, a society couple whose split came in a much-publicized divorce. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

She looks

completely and utterly evil.

Perfect Choppers

The state of dentistry being what it was in 1925, Marion has the most perfect teeth I recall seeing in Shorpy days.

Car monogram: rarely seen later in century

I guess her garage had to figure out how to remove that classy monogram. Her divorce may have created a name change for the former Mrs. Converse.

Divorse

I'm secretly proud of this woman for having the gall to divorce Converse squared in that day and age.

[Actually he divorced her. "Mr. Converse charges cruelty, alleging his wife drove a nail file into his ankle while they were ar Berne, Switzerland, and that in moments of anger she would pull his hair out by the roots." - Dave]

Asleep at the wheel

She looks very tired. Must be all the parties in East and West Egg. Hopefully she is on her way to the nearest motel.

Diva of Divorce

I think her next husband was Evil Grimace.

Lovely Lady

But then I like any lady in fur.

 
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