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Elinor Francis (1929-)

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Masha Arms took this candid photograph of Robert Frost's granddaughter, Elinor Francis (b. 1929), playing cards. Masha was asked to photograph Elinor's mother, Lesley Frost Francis Ballantine. Lesley Frost, as she preferred to be known, taught at the King-Smith Studio School between 1937 and 1940. Masha photographed Lesley Frost's family at their homes in Washington and New York. Originally from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Masha Arms arrived in Washington, DC, during the Great Depression. After buying a Model G Leica camera in 1934 and teaching herself about the technical aspects of photography, she landed a job teaching photography at the King-Smith Studio School in 1936. Masha Arms' work was published in a 1936 Washington Post review of the Junior League Gallery exhibition alongside photographs by Ansel Adams and Margaret Bourke-White. In 1941, when the United States entered World War II, Masha left Washington, married William Tyler Arms of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and moved back to New England.


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