Rita with her poinsettias

By: usermattw

Dec 22 2012

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Category: Children


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What it is:

Photo measuring 3.25 x 4.25 inches.

What I know about it:

Written on the back in pencil is 23rd Dec. ’44 Sat. A.M. / Pointsettias from Dadu [or Dadee, sorry, it’s hard to read that word].  Other photos of this girl indicate her name is Rita Marie Annette Brooks, that she’s four years old in this photo, and that she probably lives in a “Naval Housing Project” (she did in 1941, and these photos seem to show a similar setting).


I think this is such a sweetly modest little photo of holiday cheer.

11 comments on “Rita with her poinsettias”

  1. I believe, and you tell me if I am wrong, but she went on to be a lovely meter maid. The stuff of legends, actually.

  2. I have really enjoyed your winter themed/Christmas pics, Matt, as I do all your posts. Hope you have a wonderful celebration. Merry Xmas!

  3. Her outfit intrigues me – wide-bottomed pants or it is a long skirt? And a Madonna-like head scarf. Love the picture!

    • I agree, it’s hard to tell if these are her normal clothes or if this is some sort of holiday get-up. In the other pictures I have of her, she seems to be dressed “normally”.

  4. Cute picture! How did you figure out her name?

    • Thanks! Don’t worry, I haven’t suddenly developed magical powers of telling people’s names. I have three or four photos of her (as far as I can tell). Her full name is written on the back of one of the other ones, along with her birth date.

  5. Striking photo. Love it.

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