No, this tropically-clad lady isn’t Carmen Miranda; she’s a guest enjoying the Chicago Art Guild’s annual Green Moth Ball. The ball had been all but suspended during the war years, and now was being revived by 600 guests at Chicago’s Continental Hotel.
Evidently the conga line grew and the liquor flowed until the official end time of 4:30am. As Life put it, “A few guests at this rowdy party could always be counted on to land in jail before the festivities were over.” And who could blame them? It was November 30, 1945, the war was over, Hitler was dead, and the holiday season was upon them. If there ever was a time to celebrate, it was then!
Did you know?
- TB is also known as consumption or the white plague.
- There is a dramatic resurgence of tuberculosis due to HIV, with more than 8 million new cases each year worldwide and more than 2 million persons dying from it. (http://www.news-medical.net/health/History-of-Tuberculosis.aspx)
- In the 1800s, tuberculosis was known as “the captain of all men of death.” Does that even make sense?
- Tuberculosis was keen on afflicting authors, including: John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Bronte, and Edgar Allen Poe.
When 41-year-old bachelor Jimmy Stewart finally married his one and only wife, Gloria, it was understandably a big deal in Tinsletown. Life magazine shared this headline.
Fans gathered out front of the Brentwood Presbyterian Church just to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds.
The stag party the night before had been held at Chasen’s, with signs from his friends, needling him. And it was there that the “two midgets” surprised him.
And here is the happy couple, exiting the church.
Stewart adopted both of her two sons, and they had had twin daughters in 1951.
They remained married until her death from lung cancer in 1994.
Per Wikipedia, rather than replace his pacemaker battery in late 1996, he opted to let nature take its course. In June, he passed from a pulmonary embolism, telling his children, “I’m going to be with Gloria now!” And if that ain’t true love, I don’t know what is.