BOX X. 1 – Photos from magazines and newspapers
of Dix, family members, friends and persons of importance to Dix
Folder 1 of 11
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.
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
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
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
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
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
25. Mrs. E.J. Nicholson, black and white drawing. Biographical sketch
and two short poems, nd. (from her scrap book).
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