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6 3/4" x 9" photo found in an antique store. Back appears to read "Ruth Lof". I uploaded the back separately if anybody wants to try reading it.
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Found at a central Texas antique store. Unfortunately nothing is written on it anywhere that would identify the people in it.
A photo of George Daniel Murray and friends at the beach. Found in a Texas antique store with several Ashenden family photos. Left to right: "Rose Burns, Tom Walsh, unknown woman, George Murray" May have been taken at Plum Island. The ladies are wearing very daring bathing suits. One of them is even showing her knees!
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Found in an antique store. Somebody has written a name on this in shaky ballpoint, but I can't quite make it out - "Mr & Mrs Wirley?". The woman appears to be wearing a watch around her neck along with some shiny beads. She also has a hair ornament. Her husband has a pair of lapel pins that look as though they might be for some organization or society. The one on the right appears to have a triangle or Greek letter Delta on it. I can't make out the one on the left.
CLAIMED - photo has been returned to family members. Found at an antique store. Handwritten on back: "Little Agnes Bracken and her little pony and buggy. That is Mrs. Bracken holding him". Agnes was born in 1903, so I'm guessing at the date based on a wild guess at her age in the picture.
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Minnie (Fitzgerald) Bracken
1875 - Aug 7, 1920
A photo postcard found in an antique store in Texas. Writing on the back says "Little Bill Davis". He may have come from the same album as the photos of Dorothy Davis and her sister Walterine. He doesn't seem to be one of their brothers though, and the handwriting on the back doesn't match either of them. Perhaps a cousin?
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A photo of Jeremiah David Van Kleeck and his wife Lizzie Decker
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Jeremiah David Van Kleeck
Apr 27, 1876 - 1956
50th wedding anniversary photo. Age 71
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Franklin Dale Rawlings
Feb 26, 1912 - Sep 7, 1993
Buffalo, MO
A photo of my grandfather, William Kirby Souders, with an unknown woman - can anybody help identify her? Possibly his older sister or mother?
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Lester Albert Rosen, age 24
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Lester Albert Rosen
Nov 19, 1912 - Dec 31, 2006
Memphis, TN, USA
Toby Wing (1915-2001) - American Actress was born as "Martha Virginia Wing" on 14 July 1915 in Amelia Courthouse, Virginia. Her parents were photographer, Paul Reuben Wing (1892-1957) and equestrian, Martha Gillis Thraves (1893-1981). Toby's film career began aged nine, when her father was working as an assistant director for Paramount Pictures and her mother was employed as a Hollywood stunt rider. After about ten uncredited juvenile roles Toby became one of the first "Goldwyn Girls" in "Palmy Days" 1931. Toby Wing appeared in more than forty feature films and fourteen short subjects from 1924 to 1938. She was memorable, though uncredited as the "young and healthy" blonde in "42nd Street" 1933. Among other low budget features, she starred in "Silks and Saddles" 1936. Her last movie was "The Marines Come Thru" filmed in 1938 and released again in 1942 as "Fight On, Marines!". She also appeared on Broadway in the Cole Porter musical "You Never Know" 1938. In 1939 she toured with Rita Rio and her "All Girl Orchestra" to help raise money for charity. Toby Wing retired from films aged 23 after her marriage to aviation pioneer, Henry Tyndall "Dick" Merrill (1899-1982) in 1938. The couple had two sons, Henry Tyndall Merrill Jr. (1939-1940) and Richard Wing Merrill (1940-1982). She was an ardent member of the church, had a second successful career in real estate and died on 23 March 2001 in Mathews, Virginia aged 85. Toby Wing has a star recognising her contribution to the Motion Pictures Industry on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" at 6561 Hollywood Boulevard. additional information - Her father Paul Reuben Wing (1892-1957), an army officer in WWII was captured by the Japanese and survived the "Bataan Death March". Her sister Gertrude Madison "Pat" Wing (1914-2002) was also an actress and chorus girl. Her brother Paul Reuben Wing Jr (1926-1998) was a successful businessman involved in real estate. Her son Richard Wing Merrill (1940-1982) was murdered in the family Miami home in 1982 aged 42. His death was reportedly related to a drug smuggling operation, though the case is still listed as unsolved.
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Toby Wing (1915-2001) - American Actress was born as "Martha Virginia Wing" on 14 July 1915 in Amelia Courthouse, Virginia. Her parents were photographer, Paul Reuben Wing (1892-1957) and equestrian, Martha Gillis Thraves (1893-1981). Toby's film career began aged nine, when her father was working as an assistant director for Paramount Pictures and her mother was employed as a Hollywood stunt rider. After about ten uncredited juvenile roles Toby became one of the first "Goldwyn Girls" in "Palmy Days" 1931. Toby Wing appeared in more than forty feature films and fourteen short subjects from 1924 to 1938. She was memorable, though uncredited as the "young and healthy" blonde in "42nd Street" 1933. Among other low budget features, she starred in "Silks and Saddles" 1936. Her last movie was "The Marines Come Thru" filmed in 1938 and released again in 1942 as "Fight On, Marines!". She also appeared on Broadway in the Cole Porter musical "You Never Know" 1938. In 1939 she toured with Rita Rio and her "All Girl Orchestra" to help raise money for charity. Toby Wing retired from films aged 23 after her marriage to aviation pioneer, Henry Tyndall "Dick" Merrill (1899-1982) in 1938. The couple had two sons, Henry Tyndall Merrill Jr. (1939-1940) and Richard Wing Merrill (1940-1982). She was an ardent member of the church, had a second successful career in real estate and died on 23 March 2001 in Mathews, Virginia aged 85. Toby Wing has a star recognising her contribution to the Motion Pictures Industry on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" at 6561 Hollywood Boulevard. additional information - Her father Paul Reuben Wing (1892-1957), an army officer in WWII was captured by the Japanese and survived the "Bataan Death March". Her sister Gertrude Madison "Pat" Wing (1914-2002) was also an actress and chorus girl. Her brother Paul Reuben Wing Jr (1926-1998) was a successful businessman involved in real estate. Her son Richard Wing Merrill (1940-1982) was murdered in the family Miami home in 1982 aged 42. His death was reportedly related to a drug smuggling operation, though the case is still listed as unsolved.
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A photo of Dolores Moran (1926-1982) - American film actress and glamour model was born "Dolores Jean Moran" on 27 January 1926 in Stockton, California. Her parents were Shell Oil manager, James Glenn Moran (1901-1982) and beauty parlour owner, Mary Esther Whitlow (1905-2008). In her teens she won a number of beauty contests including, "Queen of the Butte County Fair" in 1941. Later that same year she was signed up to a seven year contract at Warner Brothers studio by talent scout, Salvino "Solly" Baiano (1898-1992). Dolores Moran appeared in about twenty films from 1940 to 1954. Some of her more notable roles were in; "Yankee Doodle Dandy" 1942, "Old Acquaintance" 1943, "To Have and Have Not" 1944, "The Horn Blows at Midnight" 1945, "The Man I Love" 1947, "Johnny One-Eye" 1950 and "Silver Lode" 1954. She also made four television appearances between 1952 and 1954. Dolores Moran married film producer, Benedict Earl Bogeaus (1904-1968) in 1946, they were divorced in 1966. The couple had one son, Brett Benedict Bogeaus (1948-). Dolores died on 5 February 1982 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California aged 56. additional information: Dolores Moran was a popular American Forces WWII Pin-Up. She made appearances as a tap dancing morale booster at a number army camps though out 1942. She appeared on the covers of "Yank", "The Army Weekly" and "Esquire" among others. Dolores made news in 1968 when she was left a $250,000 inheritance by apricot grower and bachelor, Anthony Ponce (1910-1968). She had only met him once in 1939 when she was working as a car hop at a Sunnyvale, California drive-in. She admitted that "unfortunately for the life of me, I can't remember the man". Then reflecting on his gift to her she said: "Life is truly an extraordinary procession. What a beautiful thing, it's phenomenal. I'm not living in poverty, certainly, but my reaction was one of marvel and awe".
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Dolores Jean Moran
1926 - 1982
A photo of Florence Annette Smithson (1882-1936) - British Soprano and Stage Actress - "The Welsh Nightingale" was born on 13 March 1882 in Leicester, Leicestershire to parents theatrical manager, William Smithson (1859-1927) (formerly Smith) and Laura Mary Courts (1865-1947). She was raised mostly in Wales where her father owned and managed the "New Theatre Royal and Opera House" in Merthyr Tydfil which opened in 1893. After attending The London College of Music, Florence was performing with a small opera company in "La Fille Du Regiment" when she was spotted by impresario, Robert Courtneidge (1859-1939). She toured with his company as "Nanoya" in "The Cingalee" and made her London debut in 1905 at The Lyric Theatre as "Chandra Nil" in "Blue Moon". In what is regarded as the highlight of her celebrated career she appeared as "Sombra" in "The Arcadians" which ran for a remarkable 809 performances. Twice touring in Australia (1914 and 1923) she also visited South Africa in 1926. She formed her own theatre company in 1928 in a production called, "Evening Stars" and last appeared on stage in 1932. Florence first married George William Robinson in 1901. They had one son William Robinson born in 1903. She then married comedic actor, Alfred Herbert Taylor aka Dan Rolyat (1879 – 1927) in 1904. They had one daughter Florence Lilian Rolyat born in 1907. Florence Smithson died following an operation on 11 February 1936 in Cardiff, Wales aged 53. additional information Thanks to enthusiasts, a number of Florence Smithson recordings can still be found on the internet including; The Waltz from Tom Jones, Temple Bell, Sings My Samisen and others.
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A photo of Florence Annette Smithson (1882-1936) - British Soprano and Stage Actress - "The Welsh Nightingale" was born on 13 March 1882 in Leicester, Leicestershire to parents theatrical manager, William Smithson (1859-1927) (formerly Smith) and Laura Mary Courts (1865-1947). She was raised mostly in Wales where her father owned and managed the "New Theatre Royal and Opera House" in Merthyr Tydfil which opened in 1893. After attending The London College of Music, Florence was performing with a small opera company in "La Fille Du Regiment" when she was spotted by impresario, Robert Courtneidge (1859-1939). She toured with his company as "Nanoya" in "The Cingalee" and made her London debut in 1905 at The Lyric Theatre as "Chandra Nil" in "Blue Moon". In what is regarded as the highlight of her celebrated career she appeared as "Sombra" in "The Arcadians" which ran for a remarkable 809 performances. Twice touring in Australia (1914 and 1923) she also visited South Africa in 1926. She formed her own theatre company in 1928 in a production called, "Evening Stars" and last appeared on stage in 1932. Florence first married George William Robinson in 1901. They had one son William Robinson born in 1903. She then married comedic actor, Alfred Herbert Taylor aka Dan Rolyat (1879 – 1927) in 1904. They had one daughter Florence Lilian Rolyat born in 1907. Florence Smithson died following an operation on 11 February 1936 in Cardiff, Wales aged 53. additional information Thanks to enthusiasts, a number of Florence Smithson recordings can still be found on the internet including; The Waltz from Tom Jones, Temple Bell, Sings My Samisen and others.
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Publicity photo of Madge Evans (1909-1981) - American Actress was born as "Margherita Harrison Evans" on 1 July 1909 in Manhattan, New York to parents Arthur John Evans (1874-) and Maud Mary Harrison (1878-). Madge Evans began her career as an infant model and a popular child actress. By the age of ten she had appeared in about thirty films and was identified as the most photographed child of her time. She was pictured on Fairy soap advertisements and song sheets as well as having her own brand of girl's hats. She also appeared on Broadway with John Barrymore in the 1917 production of "Peter Ibbetson". While working on stage in 1927 she was signed by MGM Studios. As an adult performer she went on to make more than seventy two films and numerous stage appearances. In adult roles, by her own admission, she was usually typecast as the "ingenue". In 1939 she married playwright, Sidney Kingsley (born Sidney Kirschner) (1906-1995) in York Village, Maine. After her marriage she retired from the film business, but made a few radio and television appearances in the 1950's. She died on 26 April 1981 in Oakland, New Jersey aged 71. additional information: The Dramatists Guild Fund in conjunction with the Kingsley Estate administrate the "Madge Evans and Sidney Kingsley Award for Excellence in Theater". This annual award goes to a playwright and an actor for their body of work.
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Song sheet photograph of Madge Evans (1909-1981) - American Actress was born as "Margherita Harrison Evans" on 1 July 1909 in Manhattan, New York to parents Arthur John Evans (1874-) and Maud Mary Harrison (1878-). Madge Evans began her career as an infant model and a popular child actress. By the age of ten she had appeared in about thirty films and was identified as the most photographed child of her time. She was pictured on Fairy soap advertisements and song sheets as well as having her own brand of girl's hats. She also appeared on Broadway with John Barrymore in the 1917 production of "Peter Ibbetson". While working on stage in 1927 she was signed by MGM Studios. As an adult performer she went on to make more than seventy two films and numerous stage appearances. In adult roles, by her own admission, she was usually typecast as the "ingenue". In 1939 she married playwright, Sidney Kingsley (born Sidney Kirschner) (1906-1995) in York Village, Maine. After her marriage she retired from the film business, but made a few radio and television appearances in the 1950's. She died on 26 April 1981 in Oakland, New Jersey aged 71. additional information: The Dramatists Guild Fund in conjunction with the Kingsley Estate administrate the "Madge Evans and Sidney Kingsley Award for Excellence in Theater". This annual award goes to a playwright and an actor for their body of work.
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Betty Bronson (1906-1971) American actress was born "Elizabeth Ada Bronson" on 17 November 1906 in Trenton, New Jersey to parents, piano salesman, Frank Stanislaus Bronson (1876-1923) and Nellie Smith (1884-1967). Betty began her acting career in 1922, playing bit parts and minor roles. Her big break came in 1924 when she was hand picked by the author JM Barrie to play the title role in the silent film production of "Peter Pan". From 1925 to 1932 she appeared in about twenty two films and made a fairly successful transition to the "talkies" with "The Singing Fool" in 1928. In 1932 she married businessman, Ludwig Richard Lauerhass (1904-1981). The couple had one son, Ludwig Lauerhass (1935-). Though active on the stage from 1930, Betty didn't make another film until, "Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge" in 1937. Between 1956 and 1971 she appeared on a number of television shows and had minor roles in a handful of films. Betty Bronson died on 19 October 1971 in Pasadena, California and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.
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Betty Bronson (1906-1971) American actress was born "Elizabeth Ada Bronson" on 17 November 1906 in Trenton, New Jersey to parents, piano salesman, Frank Stanislaus Bronson (1876-1923) and Nellie Smith (1884-1967). Betty began her acting career in 1922, playing bit parts and minor roles. Her big break came in 1924 when she was hand picked by the author JM Barrie to play the title role in the silent film production of "Peter Pan". From 1925 to 1932 she appeared in about twenty two films and made a fairly successful transition to the "talkies" with "The Singing Fool" in 1928. In 1932 she married businessman, Ludwig Richard Lauerhass (1904-1981). The couple had one son, Ludwig Lauerhass (1935-). Though active on the stage from 1930, Betty didn't make another film until, "Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge" in 1937. Between 1956 and 1971 she appeared on a number of television shows and had minor roles in a handful of films. Betty Bronson died on 19 October 1971 in Pasadena, California and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.
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A photo of Leila Hyams (1905-1977) Hollywood actress born 1 May 1905 in New York City to actors John Jacob Hyams (1869-1940) and Leila D'Avignon McIntyre (1882-1953). She first appeared in vaudeville with her parents when she was six months old and became a successful model in her teens. Her film debut was in "Sandra" (1924) aged eighteen. She went on to act in more than 50 films from 1924 to 1936 including MGM's first talking picture, "Alias Jimmy Valentine" (1928). She is best remembered for her role in "Freaks" (1932) and "Island of Lost Souls" (1932). She married agent Philip Berg (1902-1986) in 1927 and died 4 December 1977 in Los Angeles, California aged 72.
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Leila Hyams
1905 - 1977
A photo of Leila Hyams (1905-1977) Hollywood actress born 1 May 1905 in New York City to actors John Jacob Hyams (1869-1940) and Leila D'Avignon McIntyre (1882-1953). She first appeared in vaudeville with her parents when she was six months old and became a successful model in her teens. Her film debut was in "Sandra" (1924) aged eighteen. She went on to act in more than 50 films from 1924 to 1936 including MGM's first talking picture, "Alias Jimmy Valentine" (1928). She is best remembered for her role in "Freaks" (1932) and "Island of Lost Souls" (1932). She married agent Philip Berg (1902-1986) in 1927 and died 4 December 1977 in Los Angeles, California aged 72.
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Leila Hyams
1905 - 1977
A photo of Catherine Beile Beermann before her marriage to Herman Leonard Beermann, Sr. on June 24, 1902 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Catherine Frances Beermann
Jun 5, 1879 - Jun 30, 1963
St. Louis, MO, United States
A photo of Phyllis Kirk (1927-2006) stage, film and television actress born on 18 September 1927 in Plainfield, New Jersey as "Phyllis Helene Kirkegaard" to parents, salesman Theodore Ansgar Kirkegaard (1900-1953) and Adele Kroohs (1901-1984). Started work as a waitress, perfume counter assistant and model for the 'Harry Conover Agency'. Studied acting with Sanford Meisner (1905-1997) in her late teens before her debut on Broadway in 1948. Phyllis Kirk appeared in about 20 movies from 1950-1957 and about 30 television shows from 1952-1970. She married television producer Warren Vollman Bush (1925-1991) (birth name - Warren Louis Vollman) in December 1966 at Juarez, Mexico. Later in her career she became an activist and successful publicist. She died 19 October 2006 at Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California aged 79. additional information: Phyllis Kirk's most well known film was, 'House of Wax' 1953 with Vincent Price (1911-1993) and Charles Bronson (1921-2003). Her most well known television show was 'The Thin Man' 1957-1959 with Peter Lawford (1923-1984). As an artist's model she featured in illustrations by Jon Whitcomb (1906-1988). She was an active contributor for the 'American Civil Liberties Union' newspaper, opposed capital punishment and helped fund preschool programs in the aftermath of the 1965 'Watts Riots'.
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A photo of Phyllis Kirk (1927-2006) stage, film and television actress born on 18 September 1927 in Plainfield, New Jersey as "Phyllis Helene Kirkegaard" to parents, salesman Theodore Ansgar Kirkegaard (1900-1953) and Adele Kroohs (1901-1984). Started work as a waitress, perfume counter assistant and model for the 'Harry Conover Agency'. Studied acting with Sanford Meisner (1905-1997) in her late teens before her debut on Broadway in 1948. Phyllis Kirk appeared in about 20 movies from 1950-1957 and about 30 television shows from 1952-1970. She married television producer Warren Vollman Bush (1925-1991) (birth name - Warren Louis Vollman) in December 1966 at Juarez, Mexico. Later in her career she became an activist and successful publicist. She died 19 October 2006 at Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California aged 79. additional information: Phyllis Kirk's most well known film was, 'House of Wax' 1953 with Vincent Price (1911-1993) and Charles Bronson (1921-2003). Her most well known television show was 'The Thin Man' 1957-1959 with Peter Lawford (1923-1984). As an artist's model she featured in illustrations by Jon Whitcomb (1906-1988). She was an active contributor for the 'American Civil Liberties Union' newspaper, opposed capital punishment and helped fund preschool programs in the aftermath of the 1965 'Watts Riots'.
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A photo of Elsie Louise Ferguson (1885-1961) stage and screen actress was born 19 August 1885 in New York City to parents attorney Hiram Benson Ferguson (1836-1885) and Amelia Lumann (1855-1917). Starting as a 17 year old chorus girl she progressed through a number of productions to become a leading lady and Broadway star by 1909. In 1917 with some persuasion in the form of a $5,000 a week contract, Elsie Ferguson began acting in films. Her salary at Paramount paid her an extra $1,000 per day of filming. After appearing in about 25 films she returned to the stage. She did however make one final sound film in 1930 aged 47. Her final appearance on Broadway was in 1943 at the age of 60. She was married four times, firstly to estate agent Frederick Chamberlain Hoey (1865-1933) in 1908, they divorced in 1914. She then married banker Thomas Benedict Clarke (1877-1858) in 1916 they divorced in 1923. Thirdly she married actor and co-star Frederick George Worlock (1886-1973) in 1924, they divorced in 1930. Lastly she married British naval captain Victor Augustus Seymour Egan (1875-1956) in 1934 until his death in 1956. Elsie died 15 November 1961 in New London, Connecticut aged 76. additional information: Elsie's father died 7 months before she was born. Her mother raised their two children on her own. Elsie did not have the wealthy upbringing that is sometimes claimed. She was one of the original "Florodora Girls" and friends with fellow chorus girl, Evelyn Nesbit (1884-1967). During her film career she was dubbed "The Aristocrat of the Silent Screen". Due to the ravages of time almost all of her films have now been lost.
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A photo of Elsie Leslie (1879-1966) - Stage Actress was born Elsie Leslie Lyde on 14 August 1879 in Orange, Essex, New Jersey to parents Benjamin Tanner Lyde (1846-1911) and Evelyn Burdick (1848-1905). She made appearances on the stage for a period of 27 years from 1884, aged 5 until 1911. Elsie Leslie married actor writer William Jefferson Winter (1878-1929) in 1901 and divorced in 1918, when she married banker Edwin James Milliken (1877-1972). After leaving the theatre she travelled around the world, eventually settled in New York City and died there on 15 October 1966 aged 87. additional information: Among the canon of "Child Stars" Elsie Leslie was one of the earliest, was one of the most popular and highest paid of her era. Her most famous roles were in "Little Lord Fauntleroy" and "The Prince and The Pauper". She corresponded with many friends throughout her life and career, including Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) and Helen Keller (1880-1968).
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Elsie Leslie Lyde
1879 - 1966
Greta Nissen - actress and dancer was born 30 January 1905 as Grethe Rutz Nissen in Oslo, Norway to parents Carl Andreas Frantz Nissen (1870-) and Agnes Magdalene Larsen (1879-1949). The couple separated in 1908 and Greta moved with her mother to Copenhagen, where she attended the National Ballet School and studied with Mikhail Fokine (1880-1942) from 1918-1919. In 1922 she was a solo ballerina with the Danish National Company and toured with them to New York in 1924. Greta Nissen appeared in two Danish films before going to America and acted in more than twenty films altogether from 1925-1937. She married actor Weldon Heyburn (1903-1951) in 1932, which was eventually annulled in 1936. Meanwhile in 1933 she moved to Britain and continued with her film career until 1937. Returning to the United States she married industrialist Stuart Drake Eckert (1907-1993) in 1941. They had one son, Tor Bruce Nissen Eckert (1943-). She died 17 May 1988 in Montecito, California aged 83.
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Grethe Rutz Nissen
Jan 30, 1905 - May 17, 1988
A photo of Greta Nissen - actress and dancer was born 30 January 1905 as Grethe Rutz Nissen in Oslo, Norway to parents Carl Andreas Frantz Nissen (1870-) and Agnes Magdalene Larsen (1879-1949). The couple separated in 1908 and Greta moved with her mother to Copenhagen, where she attended the National Ballet School and studied with Mikhail Fokine (1880-1942) from 1918-1919. In 1922 she was a solo ballerina with the Danish National Company and toured with them to New York in 1924. Greta Nissen appeared in two Danish films before going to America and acted in more than twenty films altogether from 1925-1937. She married actor Weldon Heyburn (1903-1951) in 1932, which was eventually annulled in 1936. Meanwhile in 1933 she moved to Britain and continued with her film career until 1937. Returning to the United States she married industrialist Stuart Drake Eckert (1907-1993) in 1941. They had one son, Tor Bruce Nissen Eckert (1943-). She died 17 May 1988 in Montecito, California aged 83.
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Grethe Rutz Nissen
Jan 30, 1905 - May 17, 1988
A photo for that new convenience - the electric stove! A standalone unit, it was the newest thing for the home when it was introduced.
A photo of the G.E. Monitor Top refrigerator from the 1930's. It was advertised as being a little bigger than a hat box - an appeal to women. Today, that wouldn't be a selling point at all. The bigger, the better!
A photo of Elizabeth Allan (1910-1990) stage and screen actress was born on 9 April 1910 in Skegness, Lincolnshire to parents Dr. Alexander William Allan (1868-1954) and Amelia Morris Woodward (1877-1959). She married theatrical agent, Wilfred James Wheeler O'Bryen (1898-1977) in 1932. After winning a scholarship to study acting at 'The Old Vic' she began her stage career at the 'Lyric Theatre' aged 17 and made her first film in 1931. She went to Hollywood in 1933 and found considerable success before returning to Britain in 1938 following a dispute with MGM studios. Elizabeth Allan appeared in about 50 films in total from 1931 to 1967. Later in her career she became a popular personality on British television. She died of undisclosed causes on 27 July 1990 in Hove, East Sussex aged 80.
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Elizabeth Allan
1910 - 1990
A photo of Dorothy Wardell Hyson (1914-1996) stage and screen actress born 24 December 1914 in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents were actors, Dorothy Schofield Dickson (1893-1995) and Carl Constantine Hyson Jr (1887-1966). She first married actor, Robert Douglas Finlayson (1909-1999) in 1935 and secondly actor, John Anthony Quayle (1913-1989) in 1947. Their children were Jennifer, Rosanna and Christopher Quayle. She died following a stroke on 23 May 1996 in Kensington and Chelsea, England aged 81. btw... Dorothy Hyson was a cryptographer at Bletchley Park during WWII.
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An early photo of Marion Davies (1897-1961) actress, producer, screenwriter and philanthropist was born in Brooklyn, New York City the youngest of six children as 'Marion Cecilia Douras' to parents Bernard J. Douras (1857-1935) and Rosa Claire Reilly (1867-1928). She began her career as a dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies before appearing in Hollywood films from 1917 to 1937. Marion Davies had an influential relationship with newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) from 1917 until his death in 1951. After which she married actor, Horace G. Brown (1904-1994). She died of stomach cancer in Hollywood, California 1961 aged 64.
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A photo of Jane Winton (1903-1959) stage and screen actress, singer, painter and novelist born October 10th 1903 as 'Mazie Caroline Hodgson' to parents Isaac Hodgson (1881-) and Mazie Caroline Robinson (1882-1910) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She began her career as a dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies and appeared in about forty Hollywood films from 1925 to 1936. After leaving Hollywood she toured as a soprano with the National Grand Opera Company. Jane Winton first married screen writer, Charles Arthur Kenyon (1880-1961) in 1927. They divorced in 1930 and she married stock broker, Horace Simon Gumble Jr. (1899-1951). Lastly she married stock broker and contract bridge master, Michael Theodore Gottlieb (1900-1980) in 1935. She died of a heart attack at the Pierre Hotel in New York City 1959 aged 56. btw... Jane Winton's mother died in Rhode Island when she was six years old and in the 1910 US Census she is listed as 'Mazie C. Hodgson' with her aunt and uncle, Florence and Henry Hartman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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A photo of Jane Winton (1903-1959) stage and screen actress, singer, painter and novelist born October 10th 1903 as 'Mazie Caroline Hodgson' to parents Isaac Hodgson (1881-) and Mazie Caroline Robinson (1882-1910) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She began her career as a dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies and appeared in about forty Hollywood films from 1925 to 1936. After leaving Hollywood she toured as a soprano with the National Grand Opera Company. Jane Winton first married screen writer, Charles Arthur Kenyon (1880-1961) in 1927. They divorced in 1930 and she married stock broker, Horace Simon Gumble Jr. (1899-1951). Lastly she married stock broker and contract bridge master, Michael Theodore Gottlieb (1900-1980) in 1935. She died of a heart attack at the Pierre Hotel in New York City 1959 aged 56. btw... Jane Winton's mother died in Rhode Island when she was six years old and in the 1910 US Census she is listed as 'Mazie C. Hodgson' with her aunt and uncle, Florence and Henry Hartman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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A photo of Carmen Mondragon (1893-1978) 'One of the most beautiful and transgressive women of her time'. Mexican painter, poet and women's activist was born in Tacubaya, Mexico City, Mexico as 'Maria del Carmen Mondragon Valseca' aka 'Nahui Ollin' (an Aztec symbol for earthquake, given to her by one of her lovers). Her parents were General Manuel Mondragon (1859-1922) and Mercedes Valseca - she was the 5th of their 8 children. She married Manuel Rodriguez Lozano (1896-1971) in 1913, they separated in 1922. She is rumored to be the first woman to wear a miniskirt in Mexico. She died in the home of her birth, Tacubaya, Mexico City, Mexico in 1978, aged 85.
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Carmen Mondragon
1893 - 1978
A photo of Carmen Mondragon (1893-1978) 'One of the most beautiful and transgressive women of her time'. Mexican painter, poet and women's activist was born in Tacubaya, Mexico City, Mexico as 'Maria del Carmen Mondragon Valseca' aka 'Nahui Ollin'. Her parents were General Manuel Mondragon (1859-1922) and Mercedes Valseca. She married Manuel Rodriguez Lozano (1896-1971) in 1913, they separated in 1922. She died in the home of her birth, Tacubaya, Mexico City, Mexico 1978 aged 85.
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Carmen Mondragon
1893 - 1978
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