— See Roster of Rossi posts
Well then! What can we mine from this first real image of Mabel, Mrs. Herman J. Rossi! I think I notice first the smiling eyes and the petulant — and perhaps sensual as well — up-turn of her upper lip. The presence of the dog is notable. It would suggest a target of some claim to sophistication if the breed were not so indefinite. As it is, the dog seems…well…just a nice dog. Mabel is dressed for winter — and so her sweater obscures as much as it reveals of her upper body. The fullness of her face and the billowy fit of the sweater suggest of course that she was no Twiggy. Yet normal weight for her height and age seem quite possible. It’s not too hard to see how the sketch artist may have arrived at the rendering a newspaper article offered. And yet this photo suggests a measure of youth and animation that the sketch somehow did not offer. Looked at in a certain way, the face could almost be Slavic or Native American in its broad-cheekedness, I thought. How much playfulness lurks in this young woman is hard to say, yet there certainly is some measure of that quality. There is confidence and assuredness in her gaze, too, I thought. And certainly still the bloom of youth. Comments from others — others perhaps better at this sort of thing — are welcome as always!