This is Edna Ruth Paul

Our Lady's LifeAt least I think that’s her name, from what clues were found in the ziplock bag of slides I purchased about 2003. A man was selling the bag, among other flea market type items,  outside the shuttered apartment buildings on 9th Avenue between 37th & 38th Streets in Manhattan. I saw a parakeet in one of the windows, so there were some tenants still living in the buildings, but otherwise they looked ready to be condemned.

Since the slides have been under my care, they’ve always fascinated me and I’ve wanted to know more about the who’s they were and the woman who’s portrait appears often.

Most of the slides were taken between the late 1950’s through the late 1960’s, in New York City and the east coast, as well as many in Europe, including Slovenia.

I think that Edna was a film editor who eventually may have edited Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (1981) and employed Joel Coen and helped with the Coen brother’s first film Blood Simple (1984). She also had a cartoon drawn by Sergio Aragon’s, of MAD Magazine, on the wall of her editing studio. Of course, it may not be her, but I’d love to know if it was, and learn more about who she was.

This image is of Edna sitting in front of Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. The slide is stamped September 1966. IMG_2605 (1)


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