It’s the 21st Edition of Smile for the Camera. In honor of Women’s History Month, this edition is called “Give their Face a Place” and focuses on the unsung female heroes in our tree. May I present Tante Marie, my Great Aunt, Marie Lassalle, who served in the Signal Corp. in WWI.
Marie, mostly known as Tante Marie, was born in Ogeu les bains, France, in 1891. She came to America ca 1908.
Marie signed up for the U.S. Army Signal Corp. during World War I, when a special call went out for women who could speak French. She was sent to France and was probably one of the switchboard operators who made use of their knowledge of the French language. This photo was taken around 1918. I think she bears a slight resemblance to Margaret Hamilton, the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz.
You can learn a little bit about the Signal Corp in the article History of a Hello Girl by Michelle Christides.