June 19, 2017

Coffee with Barbara Luff McCraine

Remember lovely Taintorette Barbara McCraine? Lucky me – now that I’m back on the East Coast I get to have lunch with her twice a year! But in between lunches I have coffee with her most mornings. My nephew just sent me this photo from an early June Taintor-rama (that’s what my husband calls it when my siblings and I … Read More

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August 3, 2013

Bill “The Giant” Grubb joins “The Taintorettes”

In 2004, the daughter of the late great Bill “The Giant” Grubb was casually browsing in a bookstore across the street from the New York Public Library when suddenly she saw her father, looking out from the past, grinning handsomely up at her from an Anne Taintor magnet. It had been a while since she’d seen an image of father … Read More

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November 23, 2011

Jane Carlson

For a model, ten years in the business is impressive. A career that lasts 30 years is worthy of Guinness. “I had a great run,” says Jane Carlson, who looks as if she still could get modeling jobs. “I think I broke the record.” It was the classic restless-gal-goes-to-the-big-city tale: Jane was a 19-year-old student at the Massachusetts College of … Read More

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November 23, 2011

Constance Joannes Dickman Brescia

Constance Joannes was 16 years old when she had her first meeting with legendary modeling agent John Robert Powers in 1938. Powers saw potential in the dark-haired girl, but told her to come back when she finished high school. (Good for him, recognizing that brains shouldn’t take a back seat to beauty!) Connie did just that, leaving her hometown of … Read More

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June 3, 2011

Henrietta Warrick Chase

Last year, Amber Doe joined the Anne Taintor team. The rest of us at ATI had chosen heads from current designs for our business cards. Amber asked if she could use an old picture of her grandmother. I loved Amber’s card so much I asked if her grandmother would agree to become a Taintorette. She said yes! Henrietta was born … Read More

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December 28, 2009

Sally Nickel Mein

Sally Nickel Mein was born on January 30, 1916, the first great grandchild of the California Cattle King, Henry Miller. A German emigrant, Henry Miller arrived in San Francisco in 1850 with $5 in his pocket. By trade a butcher, Henry soon began buying plots of land on which to fatten his cattle. Within 40 years he had become the … Read More

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February 10, 2009

Susann Shaw

Susann Shaw arrived in New York City in 1937 at age 17 with no money and an eagerness to prove herself. She had been raised in boarding schools and, while she lacked the support of a family, she was intelligent and hard-working. She found a room at the YWCA and a job in a secretarial pool. She remembers the City … Read More

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February 10, 2009

Georgia Carroll & Katharine Aldridge

Carey Cameron was running a routine errand when she happened to see Georgia Carroll, a dear friend of her late mother, gazing out at her from a file folder with the warning “an attitude is a terrible thing to waste”.  Because Ms. Carroll’s daughter, Amanda Kyser (who is a good friend of Carey’s), was expected to be staying in Carey’s … Read More

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January 28, 2009

Milo Gray

Milo Gray ~ in her own words: “The picture that Corby, my grandson, found on packages of Anne Taintor cocktail napkins was originally photographed in 1937, almost 70 years ago.  The strangest part is that my grandson, walking around a gift shop in Litchfield, CT, found the reproduction on cocktail napkins in 2006!! In those days – 70 years ago … Read More

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