This post originally appeared on the blog June 19, 2012
Good morning! I think I've told you on several occasions about the wild abandon with which I gorge myself on library materials. It's not my fault! Working in a library for me is a little like a chocoholic getting a gig at Godiva, but I do have my moments of responsible book-loan-ership from time to time. Case in point, yesterday, returning to work after my first day back from vacation, I realized I had not one, not two, but THREE books due back to Interlibrary Loan! Sadly, I never got a chance to read Harper's Bazaar Beauty Book (1959) or Here's to You, Miss Teen (1960), but I was bound and determined to read the third of the three right then, right there, to justify all the trouble the good people in the ILL department spent on my behalf, borrowing the book from the University of Georgia's library collection. And thanks to a slo-o-o-o-ow shift at the telephone reference desk, I was able to start and finish Jinx, by Jinx Falkenburg, all at one go!
|Could she be cuter?|
|Jinx getting off the plane in the Chinese leg of the journey. LOOK. AT. HER NAME. ON THE DRESS.|
Jinx and Tex eventually met up in Cairo in the last year of the war ("The sequined dress, ermine coat, and embroidered Indian mules were absolutely the best I coudl salvage from my war-torn CBI wardrobe. For every sequin there was supposed to be on the dress, three were missing," she begins the chapter) The newly rekindled couple decided "the very next day we see each other, we'll be married", and six months later to the day, Jinx became Mrs. John Reagan McCrary. How sweet! The moon over Cairo! The sequined dress! The romantic semi-engagement!
|Tex and the airplane from which he did all kind of crazy parachute missions (Source)|
|Jinx, in one of her habitual crop-top and skirt ensembles, re-enacts the moment Tex called to tell her he was home and they were getting married for Life magazine.|
|The happy couple-- she's got flowers in her hair, he's got an eyepatch. From Life magazine.|
The autobiography stops in 1951 with the line "To be Continued (that's how we feel about everything we do" and information I could find online about the McCrarys later lives was sparse. They seem to have separated sometime in the 80's but did not divorce, passing away almost exactly a month apart from each other in 2003. All in all, I can't say I was disappointed with the book, but I sure wish there was a companion volume so I could see what happened in the next couple decades of their lives. Jinx herself is just too magnetic of a personality to have faded into the kind of obscurity. I'll have to do some magazine digging here in the Periodicals department and tell you what I can dig up.
|A brooch Jinx wore for her 1941 Life cover story|
PS: Man alive! After writing two thirds of this post, I found out that the youngest McCrary son, Kevin, was recently featured on an episode of Hoarders! As in last year! How sad. Has anybody seen this episode? Some screen captures here.
See an exhaustive timeline of events in Jinx's life here
See a Miss Rheingold ad featuring Jinx here
See a joint obit written by their old "fact checker" who now works for Time magazine here