I didn't know Esther well. She was a friend of friends. After she passed away, there was a box filled with snapshots she'd taken. Many were recognizable theatre celebs of long ago. Other photos were of her and others. Some photos had inscriptions on the reverse, which I've noted. Others had nothing. This box was destined for the trash bin. I saved it.

29 August 2009


I knew Esther Zidel through friends. I know very little about her. Esther passed away February 11, 2009. Recently, I became the custodian of some of her belongings, specifically, a scrapbook from the 40s, the contents of which follows.

27 August 2009

Firstly, Esther's crumbling scrapbook shows us a woman truly smitten with a pert young thing, one Miss Mimi Berry. A model and aspiring actress, Mimi appeared in many print ads, which Esther painstakingly cut and pasted into her scrapbook....like any fastidious stalker might. This isn't an accusation....I'm just blogging out loud. You be the judge.

25 August 2009

Mimi is listed as having appeared in four Broadway shows.....A Connecticut Yankee, Star and Garter, Panama Hattie and Keep Off The Grass.

15 August 2009

Here's some of Mimi's print work......

14 August 2009

...and some more.....

12 August 2009

....and still more!

11 August 2009

The cover of Life Magazine! Not too shabby! Gee, wonder how often Esther used this?

10 August 2009

...and here's more stuff from the scrapbook. Did I mention that Esther was a teensy bit obsessed?

09 August 2009

and still more! Here are a few greeting cards Esther received from Mimi........

08 August 2009

And this card is, I think, the most telling. I'd imagine if Esther had had correspondence from Mimi, she would have put it into this scrapbook, so I'm presuming that this is the most Mimi ever wrote to Esther. Does the word noodge mean anything to you? Does Mimi's sentence come off as code?

05 August 2009

01 August 2009

Mimi in an ad with Joan Caulfield....and yes, I'd give anything to be as lovely as a lyric in a Jaunty Junior....in Charm Magazine, of course.