Maybelle was thrilled when saw me photographing a family in the nursing home where she lived. She said with charming confidence that she wanted “a personal photo session.” She took a moment to admire her long delicate 91 year old fingers and without looking up she said that she had never been a hand model and she wanted to take full advantage of the opportunity. I happily obliged, she was to be admitted to hospice that afternoon as she virtually stopped eating and drinking a few days prior.
Maybelle was happily living in memories of the glamorous lifestyle she led back in New York. She was a professional fragrance demonstrator at Macy’s in the 1950s. She boasted about how exhausting it was, but “spritzing celebrities made it all worth it.”