Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rachel Stewart And Jarbo Rolph And His Wife And Ed Kelly At The Opening Of The Walker Art Gallery At The American University 1961

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These pictures are of Rachel Lefebure when she was 20 or 21 years old. I found this picture in a 1962 TALON Yearbook. That was the Yearbook for American University in Washington, D.C.
Rachel is shown wearing clothes she borrowed from her mother Josephine Lefebure. Rachel is the one on the left wearing the long white coat. On the far right is her boyfriend at that time Ed Kelly. He was an artist and now deceased. Rachel's parents were not happy about their relationship since they thought he was too old for her. He was probably already in his thirties.
They soon parted when she realized he was not the marrying kind. He remained a single artist. I met him once or twice. He was from Chicago but lived in D.C. For several decades he lived in an apartment above the One Step Down Bar and Lounge on Pa. Avenue. It was a bar that featured live jazz.
The couple in the middle of the photo is Jarbo Rolph and his wife. Jarbo was an artist and sculptor. He is now deceased also.
Rachel seems detached from them in this photo.
She was in her Audrey Hepburn lookalike period I guess.

I found this yearbook behind a thrift shop. The thrift shop was three doors down from our house.  The 1962 Yearbook had been thrown out into a dumpster in an alley behind the thrift shop. I did not know Rachel was in it. I like old yearbooks. I like looking at the clothes we wore back then.

I brought it home and began to look at it. She was sitting beside me reading. I turned to the third or fourth page and saw this photograph. She looks just like our daughter Lorelei looked when she was 20 years old.
I said to Rachel, Rachel I think this is a picture of you. She said, It can't be. I said, Well I think it is.. She looked at it and agreed it was her.
She did not go to American University. She went to Catholic University. They were only there for the opening of The Walker Art Gallery.
My brother thought this was an amazing find. Not a co incidence as I would say but synchronicity as he would say.