Daisy Bacon on Exhibit

NEWS! There is now a Daisy Bacon exhibit! Daisy lived in the Baxter Estates neighborhood in Port Washington (Long Island), New York from 1950 until her death in 1986. Nora Haagenson who, with her husband Bill were Daisy’s neighbors, has built an exhibit in the Baxter Estates Village Hall in Daisy’s honor.

Included in the exhibit are Daisy’s desk she used at her last office at Street & Smith, her typewriter, photos from a magazine interview she did in 1942, and copies of LOVE STORY MAGAZINE.

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The Baxter Estates Village Hall is a historic home that was built in 1913. Nora, (who is now the mayor of Baxter Estates), told me: “The Village Hall was the John Bird House built in 1913.  He was a sea captain in the late 19th century and early 20th century, and the stucco house was built for him by his mother.  The house overlooks Manhasset Bay.”

I’m not familiar with the photograph over the typewriter. The smaller photos that appear on the left wall to the side of the typewriter were taken for an interview that appeared in PARADE WEEKLY in 1942. The theme of the interview was “a day in the life of a love story editor” and she posed in various places, like her home and on the subway.

If you’ve never been to the historic town of Port Washington, it’s definitely worth a visit. Next time you’re in the area, go check it out!

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7 thoughts on “Daisy Bacon on Exhibit

  1. These are great photos! Of course we all love the old roll top desk that Daisy had earlier in her career. It must be around somewhere.

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  2. Similar to my mother’s sewing machine that I inherited when she died. She bought it in 1967 and it still runs great, but man is it heavy. And thanks for the tip on the LOVE STORY! I gave that copy to Nora to use in the exhibit, and I could use another copy. But I think $20 is a little high for that year.

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  3. I forgot to tell Walker that I think it’s unlikely that they kept that old roll top desk, even though there have been various stories over the years about who used it before Daisy – Theodore Dreiser, Ormond Smith, etc. Allen Grammer was the one that got rid of the old desks, and as we know he didn’t care about keeping any of the old stuff around. He either sold it or trashed it.

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