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May Russell

November 11, 2010

May Russell, mug shot from Sydney, Australia, 1922.

I imagine May Russell always had it rough. Perhaps she was an orphan before meeting her husband. Only to be abandoned again when he left for the WW1. But May was scrappy I bet. She did the one thing she knew how to do well – survive.

May entered the workforce, cut her hair short, and pretty soon found herself excelling in a man’s world. May would push her way through the ranks. No one would expect an impish girl of racketeering.

May would sit in her office watching as the police raid began. She’d pour herself a drink and wait, her face revealing absolutely nothing.

An office imagined* for May:

Security Boxes by FunRetro, Vintage Barware by Brooklyn Retro, Industrial Tray by Old Crow Farm, Brass Hand Paper Clip by High Street Market, Antique Swivel Chair by Daily Memorandum, Vintage Desk Calendar by High Street Market, Vintage Bell Lamp by Daily Memorandum, Tanker Desk by Past Present Future, Glass Decanter by Fernswood Pixie.

*Actually the whole story is imagined inspired by this Justice and Police Collection photo.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2011 10:49 pm

    What a great idea! Love how you imagined her up!

    • ew32766 permalink*
      September 6, 2011 6:21 am

      Thanks Monique!

      • Michael Zak permalink
        December 18, 2011 10:03 am

        I’m also fascinated by these photos of May Russell.

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