Collage Girls - Class of 1928
In 2018 I acquired a lovely 1928 university year book.
I was drawn to the faces of the women, who at first glance looked similar owing to the wavy bob hairstyle that had just become popular at the time.
But, on closer inspection they began to stand out and I found myself wondering what exciting prospects life had in store for them. They were graduating from university, and had the world at their feet.
Did they invent, create, explore, navigate, diagnose, engineer?
I’ve imagined a career path for each of these women and these are my “Collage Girls”.
Each collage is approximately 3.5 x 5". Framed. ($50 each plus postage)
Cards (5x7") are available of some collages ($5 each plus postage)
M. B. "Joe" Carstairs (1900 - 1993) England For several years in the 1920s, oil heiress M. B. "Joe" Carstairs held the world speedboat record in the one-and-a-half-litre class. The press had a field day with this "new type of river girl . . . the foremost motorboat enthusiast in Britain."
Ada Annie Rae-Arthur (1886 - 1983) Canada (born UK) She and her husband moved to Boat Basin (55 kilometres NW of Tofino) in 1915. Establishment of Boat Basin Post Office enabled Ada to operate a mail-order nursery garden. For additional income Ada trapped fur bearing animals and shot over 50 cougars for bounty payments. (It was said that she shot no fewer than 80 bears).
To study and analyse the distribution, patterns and determinants of health and disease conditions in defined populations... This is the cornerstone of public health, & shapes policy decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for preventive healthcare.
Countless women made quilts for bedding & commemoration. Quilting was instrumental in driving social and economic fabric of the country and, in the early days, the quilting bees or quilting circles offered the women the space to express their individuality and creativity.
Margaret “Mardy” Murie (1902 - 2003) USA A naturalist, author, adventurer, and conservationist she has been called the "Grandmother of the Conservation Movement" She helped in the passage of the Wilderness Act, and was instrumental in creating the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Rachel Louise Carson (1907 –1964) USA Her book Silent Spring & other writings contributed to the USA ban on DDT and other pesticides. It also inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Inspired by: Clara Haskil (1895 – 1960) Romania/Swiss A classical pianist, she was renown as an interpreter of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, and Scarlatti. Charlie Chaplin said of her, “her touch was exquisite, her expression wonderful, and her technique extraordinary.”
Anna Dexter began broadcasting in 1928 giving half hr talks once a week. She sat at the microphone in her own living-room connected with the downtown studio of station CHNS. Halifax Nova Scotia.
Inspired by: Margaret Schönberger Mahler (1897 – 1985) Hungary Margaret Mahler was a psychoanalyst and developed the separation–individuation theory of child development.
Kathleen Mary Kenyon (1906 – 1978) England A leading British archaeologist of Neolithic culture in the Fertile Crescent. She is best known for her excavations of Jericho in 1952–1958, and has been called one of the most influential archaeologists of the 20th century.