My mom (named Jean) has wonderful friend who is also named Jean. They enjoy all kinds of adventures together–theater performances, flower shows, lunches, museums, etc. At one point, my mom mentioned that I was into Bettie Page and told Jean she didn’t know who Bettie was until I told her. Jean knew exactly who Bettie was – her husband Ray collected photos of Ms. Page. When Jean got home she told Ray, “You’ll never believe this — my friend’s 30 year old daughter is into Bettie Page!” The two of them got a kick out of my interest and periodically, they’d give my mom some Bettie things to pass on to me.
A few months ago, Ray passed away. He always teased Jean that she’d be a poor wife but a rich widow, and she always told him she’d rather be the poor wife, thank you very much. As Jean was going through some of Ray’s things, she decided that she’d like me to have his Bettie collection. I’m really honored and grateful – not just because it’s a bunch of amazing pictures of Bettie, but because it’s a reminder of the great relationship Jean and Ray had.
And now, some of the photos:
Please forgive the lousy photo quality, I’ve had the flu for days and I’m a bit wobbly still. Hopefully the pictures are good enough so you can see why I’m excited!