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Ethel Roosevelt: 1908

Ethel Roosevelt: 1908

Washington, D.C., circa 1908. "Miss E. Roosevelt." Ethel Roosevelt, younger daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

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Where has this kind of woman gone?

[Underground. - Dave]

A true patriot!

Not only was she a nurse, but she grew a Victory Garden on her head.

Speak Softly

... and carry a big hat.

Friend Me

Lots of personality in this photo. She looks self-assured and funny and direct and I'd have totally wanted to be her friend.

I'm impressed

Not just anyone could pull off a hat like that. She seems like a really cool girl.

That hat..

today would probably have its own zip code.


This is a photographic portrait of a soon-to-be woman who has the world by the tail and will soon shake it. Such confidence!

Croix Rouge

Just a gorgeous, gorgeous young lady.

During World War I, Ethel served as a nurse in France. Later, she became extensively involved with the Red Cross, earning a 60-year pin. Her beloved Red Cross was so important to her that when it came time to have her portrait painted, she did not choose to wear an evening gown and jewels. She wore her Red Cross uniform!

Ethel died in 1977.

Ethel's threads

I love the embellishments on her dress! It must have cost a fortune!

Fashion Sense

The collar is actually a neck brace that allows her to support the weight of that magnificent hat.

Racy neckline

It exposes her earlobes. Gad!

Have Mercy!

Oh where did I leave my Wayback Machine?


Ethel Roosevelt had her Debut and Coming Out in December 1908 at age 17. This was a year earlier than usual, because her father was about to leave the White House, and they wanted to hold it in Washington. (More details at )

This photo may well be part of that.

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