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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

Fancy Pants: 1922

Fancy Pants: 1922

New York, 1922. "New and especially posed photo of Mrs. Charles H. Sabin, wife of the president of the Guaranty Trust Company of New York, and her two sons, P. Morton Smith and James H. Smith." Mrs. Sabin, the former Pauline Joy Morton, was along with her husband a leader in the movement to repeal Prohibition. Underwood & Underwood photo. View full size.

 

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Master James

He went on to quite an illustrious career: Navy pilot in WWII, later assistant secretary of the Navy and director of the Agency for International Development under Ike, and finally chairman of the Aspen Institute. He died in 1982.

Morton Salt of the earth

Pauline's uncle established the Morton Arboretum outside of Chicago, a true oasis of beauty 365 days a year. I miss it so much since we've moved away. We went at least once a week to calm our souls. Their advice was also useful, as we lived next to a massive forest preserve with an over-abundance of deer; the folks at the Morton gave us direction on how to turn our 1/3 acre plot of former cornfields into a tree-rich oasis that the deer would not devour.

Pre Depression photo

I wonder what the future held for this family.

[Dividends. - Dave]

When it rains

Mrs. Sabin's uncle, Joy Sterling Morton, founded the Morton Salt Company.

What's in a name?

I think people always wonder what the relationship is when children's names are not the same as their parents. I can attest, since I am in a similar situation, that perhaps the boys' father passed away and the mother remarried, as in my case.

It sure didn't make the school playground any easier when I was growing up and I'm sure these boys suffered the same.

[I suspect there was not much suffering in this case. - Dave]

Last names

The boys are named Smith from husband number one, J. Hopkins Smith, Jr. (married in 1907, divorced in 1914). Husband number two was Sabin (married in 1916, widowed in 1933). She married number three, Dwight F. Davis (of tennis cup renown), in 1936. Her own years were 1887 to 1955, so she was only 35 in the photo above.

Rich kids grow too

Both lads' trousers are just a tad too short for the times. The standard was that they just "break" at the instep of the shoe.

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