Enjoyed restoring this beautiful photo of Erin’s maternal grandmother, Martha “Marty” (Lunt) Jordan. As I’m still making my gradual way through restoring all of the photos in her scrapbooks and collections, this one was an instant highlight.
Marty is adjusting her hat, making sure that floral part is landing right where it belongs — her right gloved hand clothing a rounded purse. Her smile indicates satisfaction and readiness and even the founding father (Jefferson?) in the painting is taking notice of her sophistication and seems to approve.
It’s all part of an apparent modeling gig she took for “LS Ayres” (a long-running major Indianapolis department store from the late 1800’s that ultimately was subsumed by Macy’s 1 month before I married Erin in 2006). The back revealed the exact date (cool!) as September 14, 1946 — almost exactly 1 year after World War II ends — Marty is 17 years old and will be 18 in 3 months. Indeed the back indicates it’s part of “Ayre’s Teen Fashion” and notes how she’s a senior at St Agnes Academy. Since I don’t have bountiful fashion words in my brain (especially vintage) — I’m also lucky it indicates she’s in a Bolero Suit of “gray men’s-wear flannel” (that sells for $19.95 at the time), with a white 3/4 length sleeve blouse. No Blouse-Barn at that time, unfortunately (that’s for you, Erin). I suspect this was taken at the downtown flagship store location (now part of Circle City mall, which I remember well) — but would ultimately need to find another vintage image of that mirror/painting to help confirm.
- Did Marty ever talk about her modeling experiences?
- Anyone have any LS Ayres (department store) related memories, like holiday displays, etc?