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Fairy Princess Anna Florette – Halloween c1911

This Fairy Princess is actually my grandmother, Anna Florette Sayles Strickland (1901-1981), dressed for her ninth or tenth Halloween celebration, or so I thought as a child.  Now I gaze at this photograph in awe of the craftsmanship and wonder who claimed the title of its seamstress? What was on the materials list? Was the character taken from a storybook, and if so, which one?  And why was a formal portrait taken of my favorite fairy princess?

By Kay Strickland

I am a keeper of my family's lore, chasing after my ancestors' tales in south central New York, southwestern Pennsylvania and Southside Virginia. The stories and photographs that I share on this blog are my intellectual property. While I do my very best to provide well researched posts, I do not pretend to have reached genealogical proof standards. Therefore, much of this work is to generate conversation among interested parties. If you would like to share my work or my records, please contact me: dkaysdays (at) gmail (dot) com.

5 replies on “Fairy Princess Anna Florette – Halloween c1911”

Hey, this is also one of MY favorite family photos!! To me, this photo REALLY shows how much Daddy looks like Grandmother!! It’s also where the boys all probably got their wavy hair — plus, me, too!! Thanks for posting this, Kay!! Norma-Jean

Isn’t it a great image? She was many years younger than her half-siblings and often described her childhood as lonely. I wonder if her look conveys a bit of the wistfulness for company and fun. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments!

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