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Vintage photos of:
Mah Jong Game Fantasy
Colorful Chinese Legend Enacted
With Society Girls as Human Tiles.
Feb. 6, 1925. "Three Washington society buds in spectacle. The misses Beatrice McLean (left), debutante daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Ridley McLean; Helen Thompson; and Eugenie LeJeune, daughter of General and Mrs. John A. LeJeune; all members of the 'Group of the Winds' who will take part in the human 'Game of Mah Jongg, The Great Dramatic Spectacle,' to be presented for the first time in the Washington Auditorium under the auspices of the Belleau Wood Memorial Association." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
Well, not like this because she's only about 6 years old here. But there's her mama and it is San Francisco, anyway. The only people in this photo I do remember besides her are her twin brother (my Uncle Albert) and her older brother (my Uncle Frank). I never met her older sister (my Aunt Mary) or her mother and father. Missing from the group is her oldest brother, Uncle Jack, away at college. My grandfather, a carpenter, may have built this house; we do know that he rebuilt the family home that was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. This is a scan I made from the original 5x7 inch glass plate negative. View full size.