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Kate's Room: 1946

Kate's Room: 1946

Oct. 29, 1946. "Paul Mellon, residence in Upperville, Virginia. Daughter's room, to chest." The daughter would be Catherine Mellon, whose brother Timothy's room we saw here. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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What a Lovely Room

to grow in. I believe I am actually envious, even if one window opens only a wall. I love the built in bookcases both Catherine and Timothy enjoyed. I'm moving in and bringing my paperback collection of Nero Wolfe stories. Who owns this palatial estate now?

Delightful room

This is indeed a delightful room! I didn”t expect to see what almost certainly looks like a traditional Romanian carpet with bird and wheat ear motifs. These carpets do show an oriental influence but they belong to the Romanian cultural patrimony. It was a surprise to see it in such an elegant home!

Case solved?

I believe that's a case for storing and transporting riding boots. At least the one I once had was so purposed. Given that we're in the heart of hunt country and the Mellon stables are but a short stroll down the drive, I'd be surprised if Catherine was not an avid equestrienne. Such a case would be useful when trailering to another location for a show or hunt -- nobody enjoys driving in riding boots, after all!

Reading Material?

What is the series of books at the bottom of the right book shelf?

Not the Bobbsey Twins. The middle line of that was the author Laura Lee Hope and that took three lines.

Very elegant

Beautifully furnished and much tidier than Timothy's. Strange to see a model yacht in a girl's room, perhaps she was a keen sailor?


Looks like a case for LP's.

[78's, maybe, but there were no LP's in 1946. - Dave]

The Case of the Curious Case

I know the classic typewriter case has the machine sitting in a low-walled base, which hinges in the rear to a much taller upper part. But I can't help wondering what that case with the handle and the different kind of lid is for, so close to the desk and just the right size.

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