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Who took this photo?
What are we looking at here?
My lost roll contained just 2 photos, taken at a new year’s eve party hosted by a dear friend and neighbor, Dita Brodin Edith J. von Fraunhofer, pictured in the red sweater. I found the camera with the undevopled film after her death on April 7, 2020 at the age of 89. Dita was of Hungarian descent, born in NYC at Lenox Hill Hospital. In 1938 her family moved to London when she was 7 years old. Dita lived in London during WWII. In 1940 Dita’s father was sent by government officials to the Isle of Man. He went on to develop the Chromart process for color photography.
How does this old photo make you feel?
While in their twenties Dita and her sister Kiki moved to NYC. It was during that time that Kiki met and later married the Polish author Jerzy Kosinski. Kiki enjoyed a life jet setting with her world renowned husband. As one can see from the photos, the house was decorated in grand fashion with artifacts collected during Dita’s travels.
Is this what you expected to see?
The photos were a surprise. I expected a blank roll.
What kind of memories does this photo bring back?
Dita was considered a baroness but had zero regard for titles. Her youth was spent hobnobbing with the aristocracy including interaction with the Royal family. Though she has had relationships with the ruling class and celebrities in England and the U.S., she showed no sign of being privileged and was happiest living a quiet life. Above all, she valued friends and neighbors and was dedicated to caring for animals and supporting their causes.
How do you think others will respond to this photo?
These photos are a tribute to Dita's next door neighbors Rita and Louis Labrutto, seated to her left and right in the photo. They cared for Dita after her husband passed away in 2003. It was a fantastic show of neighborly love and devotio