BOX X. 1 – Photos from magazines and newspapers of Dix, family members, friends and persons of importance to Dix

Folder 1 of 11

25 items

Selected magazine and newspaper clippings with some text. A few items are from Dix’s scrap book.

1. “Dorothy Dix dispenses advice to newlyweds freely and frankly until her death two years after this wedding. Bride is Elizabeth Nicholson Fisher whose grandmother gave Miss Dix her newspaper start,” ns.,nd.

2. “By candlelight, Dorothy Dix serves café brulot to Mardi Gras Debutantes” [page one missing] “black as the Devil, strong as death, sweet as love, hot as Hell…Miss Elizabeth Nicholson…Miss Yvonne Brown…” Harper’s Bazaar, February 1948.

3. “In the study, letters are opened & sorted by Ella Bentley Arthur." Life Magazine, nd.

4. “One-Man School.” Major Nathaniel Burbank, ns.,nd.

5. “Le Petit Salon members…Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, Mrs. Arthur Nolte, Mrs. Charles F. Buck, Jr., Mrs. D.C. Sands and Mrs. Elizabeth Gilmer," ns.,nd.

6. “Dorothy Dix…Mrs., Arthur Nolte (Nellie) and L.R. Nicholson, president and editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Butting in is Roy L. Alciatore, proprietor of Antoine’s,” ns.,nd.

7. “Mardi Gras…Life has never bored Miss Dix…and she has traveled widely among Pyramids,” ns.,nd.

8. “A café brulot party…Dix’s grandniece and nephew, Daisy (7) and Billy Meriwether (4)…sister-in-law, her nieces by marriage, Mrs. C.E. Meriwether…Miss Mary Tebo…,” ns.,nd.

9. Miss Dix and her secretary Mary Ella Bentley; full page photo of the two and a good sample of Dix’s famous eloquent taste in home furnishing. Shows textiles and chairs and desk. The tapestry piece in the photo hangs currently at the Le Petit Salon, ns.nd.

10. “Dorothy Dix Dinner Opens Georgia Press Institute.” The Atlanta Journal, Thursday Evening, February 21, 1935 (2 copies).

11. Two clear photos of Dix’s two most reliable and loyal employees, Ella Bentley Arthur, the secretary, and the black male servant. In this photo he is shown burning mail “after the stamps had been salvaged for collector.” Life Magazine, nd. (2 copies).

12. “Dorothy Dix Talks,” to Hermann Deutsch. Good photos of Dix, her friend and her postman for eight years. Dix smiling at age sixty-six as the Confederate Belle in the Mardi Gras Parade. Captain James Dinkins is beside her on the float. He is in his nineties. Also, a photo of the postman William Dixon who has left her more than one million letters at her Audobon Park address. Saturday Evening Post, July 10, 1937.

13. Good photo of Dix in the Mardi Gras Parade with Captain and Mrs. James Jenkins and other female friends. Dix and the Jenkins revolutionized the Mardi Gras by bringing older persons, donned in costumes and throwing favors to the crowds, into the otherwise youthful truck riding parades (Dear Dorothy Dix by Kane, p. 256). Additional photo of Elizabeth Meriwether at age 18 when she was graduated from school. Part of an article by Harnett Kane and Ella Bentley Arthur. Times-Picayune, 1952.

14. Good photo of Dix christening the U.S.S. Opie Reed, named for a great New Orleans humorist. Dix took great pride in projects that built up the city’s prestige, ns.nd.

15. “Dorothy was already a famous columnist and crime reporter when this snapshot was taken on Long Island in 1905. About this time a judge announced from the bench, ‘Dorothy Dix has arrived. The trial may proceed.’” From the article written by Harnett Kane and Ella Bentley Arthur, 1952.

16. Three photos of Dix while traveling. One of her in a rickshaw on a visit in Japan; one on a camel among the Sphinx, and one in North African garb with her father and her friend Nott. From the article written by Harnett Kane and Ella Bentley Arthur, 1952.

17. Two photos of mail; one mail being received, “Morning mail is piled in Indian market baskets by Joe, the valet,” and the other of mail being burned, “Old mail is burned. Foreign stamps are salvaged for collectors.” Life Magazine, nd. (from her scrap book).

18. “Dorothy Dix Aboard Float for Mardi Gras.” With friends, Captain James Dinkins and others, on a float parading the streets of down town. The Times-Picayune, Wednesday, February 10, 1937 (from her scrap book).

19. “Reelected to office Thursday at the annual election of Le Petit Salon, were Mrs. Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer, president; Mrs. Charles F. Buck Jr., chairman of the board, and Mrs. Lamar c. Quintero, recording secretary,” ns.,nd. (from her scrap book).

20. “Speak at Catholic Press Convention Dinner. – Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel, Vincent de Paul Fitzpatrick of Baltimore, Md., and Mrs. Elizabeth M. Gilmer…annual banquet of the Catholic Press Association, whose 28th convention began Thursday.” The Times-Picayune, nd. (from her scrap book).

21. “Orleans’ First Lady Given Roses. Dorothy Dix receiving bouquet of Dorothy Dix roses from Miss Naomi Blalock at the public reception given in honor of New Orleans’ First Lady in City Park Sunday." [Times]-Picayune, June 11, 1928.

22. “In private life Dorothy Dix is Mrs. Elizabeth Gilmer of New Orleans. A few years ago she planned to retire, but found it impossible because letters continued to follow her at the rate of a thousand a week. Mrs. Gilmer devotes five hours a day to those requiring personal replies,” ns.,nd. Dix in her 70s shown in two poses in the same photo, one standing and the other one sitting at her desk (from her scrap book).

23. “To millions, Mrs. Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer is known as Dorothy Dix,” ns.,nd. Good head photo, in her early 80s maybe (from her scrap book).

24. “Looking Back – Columnist tells of work – Compares old morals and new – Dorothy Dix Sewing. Youth has changed she reflects.” International News photo by Herald and Examiner, nd. (from her scrap book).

25. Mrs. E.J. Nicholson, black and white drawing. Biographical sketch and two short poems, nd. (from her scrap book).


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