May 15, 2011

Here is a sampling of favorite finds for each chapter.

  • For Frankie’s early years in Cornish, New Hampshire:
    a 1915 Corona Portable typewriter (which I used for all the captions in the book), a pack of Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards, a 1920 Sears Catalog, McCall’s dress patterns, a Warren Harding campaign pin and hair clippings.
  • For the Vassar chapter:
    a 1923 Vassar yearbook, a Bakelite bracelet, a Cashmere Bouquet powder compact, a “Hawaiian Fox Trot” record, a Chesterfield cigarette pack, a 1922 sex manual, a Yale dance card, a book of Green Stamps,  a pair of women’s driving glasses, and a silk graduation tassel.
  • For the Greenwich Village chapter:
    a 1924 subway map, a spoon from the Horn & Hardart automat, a Coney Island Thunderbolt ticket, a bracelet of Cracker Jack toys, the first New Yorker cover, and a Prohibition prescription for “medicinal liquor.”
  • For the chapter on Frankie’s Atlantic crossing on the deluxe Cunard liner, Mauretania:
    vintage luggage tickets, 3rd class menu and stateroom postcard, and a box of seasickness pills.
  • For the Paris chapter:a 1924 Paris Blue Guide, a beaded Flapper purse, a tortoise shell and rhinestone cigarette holder, a Folies Bergere ticket, a dust jacket for The Sun Also Rises, and a Spirit of St. Louis badge handed out on the streets of Paris when Lindbergh landed.

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