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Bride Zilla: 1924

Bride Zilla: 1924

Dec. 29, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Mr. & Mrs. Philip Mason Sears." Massachusetts politician Sears (1899-1973) married Zilla MacDougall on his 25th birthday. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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That dress!

Man, you know where I don't want to be standing in my wedding dress? On a dirt road. My heart goes out to you, Zilla. I know those white satin shoes didn't come cheap.

I'd love to see that dress in its entirety.

Beautiful Dress

Love the details on the dress. They look like they could be brother and sister, very similar features.

Obit for (Philip) Mason Sears


BOSTON, Dec. 14 (AP)—Mason Sears of Dedham, who served as United States representative to the United Nations Trusteeship Council from 1953 to 1960, died yesterday at Faulkner Hospital. His age was 73.

Before being appointed to the United Nations post by President Eisenhower, Mr. Sears served as a Republican Representative and Senator in the Massachusetts Legislature from 1935 to 1948.

Mr. Sears resigned as chairman of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee in 1950 after other party leaders rejected his ideas for liberalizing the party's outlook.

He graduated from Harvard College in 1922.

Surviving are his widow, Zilla; a son, Philip Mason Sears, and two grandchildren.

Mr. Sears was United States' delegate to the silver jubilee of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, in 1955, and in 1957 went with Vice President Nixon as United States delegate to the independence celebration of Ghana. He was special Ambassador to the independence celebration of Cameroon and Ambassador and chairman of the United Nations Visiting Mission to East Africa in 1960.

1921 Cadillac

Re: That guy in the background...

Yes, he's out of focus, but I also imagine Sagitta was seeing him as looking toward the camera, in which case I can totally understand the perception of creepiness. But he's looking to his right.


Despite their smart formal attire, the happy (?) couple seem to be in a decidedly unrefined setting. From their dress, it's unlikely they're on their honeymoon yet, and since they're together, per the traditions of the time, the ceremony must already have taken place.

I know! They decided to hold the reception at a fish camp on the Eastern Shore.

A Cadillac

Judging from the crest at the top of the headlight bezel, the car appears to be a Cadillac.

That guy in the background...

Makes a relatively mundane photo creepy as hell.

Did someone edit out his face, or is he wearing a bandana? Is he the chauffeur? If so, did Mr. Sears and his wife survive the honeymoon?

[He's merely out of focus. -tterrace]


She looks cold. Must be a jacket in the car?

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