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Pauline and Ellis: 1926

Pauline and Ellis: 1926

October 14, 1926. Washington, D.C. "Pauline and Ellis Bostrom." Daughters of the Swedish ambassador. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.


Well shod

Sensible shoes were well-respected in diplomatic circles.


Actually I was going to say how distinguished and classy these ladies appear; the simple-yet-elegant dresses, gloves and hats count for at least half of that.

Sharp outfits

Hats, dresses, shoes: all amazing!

Someone lost a bet

Ellis got the raw end of the deal in the dress department! Doncha think they could have found something that fit her a little better??

Ellis indeed

Twas a family name; her maternal grandmother was the Baroness Ellis Rehbinder. The name didn't keep prospective suitors away; five years after this photo appeared, Ellis was again in the news, due to her engagement and wedding to New Yorker Sixten Wollmar.

I bet that Ellis and Pauline were quite a doubles team.

Transcending a name

"ELLIS BOSTROM ENGAGED.; Swedish Minister's Daughter to Wed S.F. Wollmar of New York." - NYT, 19 Feb 1931

Ellis also apparently married S. F. Wollmar, a big wheel in the ball-bearing industry.

Olaf and Gunnar?

Were I told that Ambassador Bostöm only had sons, I could easily take this photo as proof thereof.

Lost in Translation

I mean, really: "Ellis"?

Fashion 911

The clothes do not do justice to these cuties.

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