Things I like: suffragettes, war workers, factory girls, socialites who got stuff done, ladies who ruled countries, and women who changed the world, even if it was just a little bit. Click on photos for sources.
Did you know JFK had a formal White House visit with a troll? It’s true! Pictured, President Kennedy meets pilot Betty Miller (who completed the first solo flight by a woman across the Pacific Ocean) and “Dammit,” the troll doll who joined her for the trip!
Mrs. Miller received the Federal Aviation Agency’s Decoration for Exceptional Service from the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency, Najeeb Halaby (right). (Credit: Abbie Rowe/JFK Library)
From left Sherri Mishikawa, 4, Janet Hirata, 5, and Elizabeth Dobashi, 7, listen to Aileen Tanimoto, 10, play koto, a traditional Japanese instrument during celebration of Japanese Girls Day at Robert Hill School… It was the school’s first observance of Japanese Girls Day patterned after Japan’s traditional festival of the Doll. The idea of the holiday was projected by the principal, Mrs. Isabelle Ames, who spent three years in Japan as a child.
Beautification Luncheon in the State Dining Room of the White House. Secretary Stewart Udall, Lady Bird Johnson, and Laurance Rockefeller looking at an architectural model of the Washington DC Mall area. 4/27/67.
COMMUNITY LEADERS — Typical of the Negro fund-raising groups which support charities is the Women’s Sunday Breakfast Club. Its officers are, from left Mrs. Marilyn Green, financial secretary Mrs. Lois Byrd, treasurer Mrs. Gilbert Lindsay, president, Mrs. Mildred McKinney, recording secretary.
December 13, 1966. Lady Bird Johnson records in her diary:
“Sometime during the morning I became aware snow was falling. It is the most magical experience. I love it.I shall know I am really getting old when my heard doesn’t beat a little faster and a smile naturally break out when it starts snowing.”
Lady Bird Johnson, A White House Diary, New York: Dell Books, 1971, pg 506. Photo: Lynda Johnson and friend Warrie Lynn Smith throw snowballs, 2/11/1964.
Forget the ugly Christmas sweaters! Mrs. Kennedy dressed in style at the White House Christmas Party. Here’s an up-close view of the dress worn by Mrs. Kennedy to the 1962 staff Christmas reception at the White House.
Designed by Hubert de Givenchy, this dress is made of deep pink silk radzimir. There is minimal detail on the front of this dress, but the back has a ribbed-weave silk fabric twisted and finished with a hand tied bow.
August 6, 1966. Luci and Pat stage “Operation Departure,” so that they can leave for their honeymoon in private. First, they bade goodbye to LBJ and Lady Bird—in public, for the benefit of the press (above). Then, later, they made their real exit:
“Luci kissed us both and dashed off down the hall. I followed her to the elevator and watched it go down. I knew that… they would go out through the tunnel into the Treasury and into the basement garage. There would be the inconspicuous black sedan and, crouched on the floor of the car, they would begin the drive to New York to spend the night at Mary Lasker’s town house.”
The couple then traveled incognito to the Bahamas. According to contemporary newspaper reports, like this one and this one, they went by the names Mr. and Mrs. Frisbee.
Quote: Lady Bird Johnson’s White House Diary, August 6, 1966. Photo: LBJ Presidential Library photo C2716-14a.