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Your Serve: 1933

Your Serve: 1933

1933. "Mrs. Mary Benson and guests." Depression? What Depression? 4x5 nitrate negative by New York society photographer Arnold Genthe. View full size.


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Based on captions of other Genthe photos in the Library of Congress collection, the people in this photo likely include Mary Duggart Benson (also known as "Mimsey"), and heiress and arts patron Alice De Lamar. Perhaps Mrs. Benson's husband, sculptor Stuart Benson, is present as well. The Parisian lifestyle among the community of artists and other creative people that surrounded Ms. De Lamar in Weston CT and Palm Beach FL, and benefited from her generosity, likely set tongues wagging. Sadly, Mr. Benson was "lost at sea" in 1949, when (after suffering from dysentery on board a liner from Cannes to New York) he could not be found on board upon arrival.

Re: So that's where Mondrian got the idea!

Not quite; on closer examination, the gentleman on the far right (arm with cigarette) appears to have used the wrong knife during the meal...


So that's where Mondrian got the idea!

The lady on the right appears to have been quaffing not wisely but too well. Notwithstanding which, all knives and forks have been placed as etiquette demands at the end of the meal.

Elbows on the table

How squalid; and all the money we spent sending them to finishing school.

Miss Marple Stared at the Colonel

As she deftly asked him if he wanted lemon with his tea, knowing that he was the poisoner...

It IS depression food...

See? It's not even in colour!

Elbows on the Table! "Tsk, Tsk"

Mabel, Mabel, Strong and able
Get your elbows off the table
This is not a horse's stable

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