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.