I've been really inspired by Doris Eaton Travis for quite some time now. The first time I came across her picture, I had no idea who she was. I was at a vintage shop in Northridge, strolling the countless aisles of history and masterpieces I came across throughout the store. On a bookshelf, this colorful and outstanding book cover stood out from the rest; I just had to pick it up and turn the pages.

Since I was studying Graphic Design at the time, I was a bit more interested in the design of the cover; I just loved the combination of old meets new. Although, I really wanted to own this book, I didn't buy it that day and so, life went on.

...that was six years ago. 

Then a little over a year and half ago, I came across a stunning photograph on Pinterest, of an older woman posing in front of a portrait of her younger self in the background. I thought it was a wonderful and beautiful shot idea; so I pinned it to one of my boards. Nonetheless, her story did not catch my attention until I came across this same exact picture again about three months ago and read someone's comment that she had passed away at the age of 106. That night I learned her name and read her remarkable story on The Midnight Palace blog on Tumblr. I will forever be impressed that she received her bachelor's degree at the age of 88. 

Tonight, filtering through Pinterest for more photos of this fascinating lady, I make the connection that the girl, on the cover of the book I found so compelling six years ago at the vintage shop, was, in fact, Doris Eaton Travis. 

  Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies by Lauren Redniss    

Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies by Lauren Redniss

 

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