A Is For Arbus #27


Miss Cora Pratt, the Counterfeit Lady
(Nov. 1961)

4 comments:

right said fred said...

Alright. I proclaim my ignorance. Who is Cora Pratt and why is she significant?

Tom Sutpen said...

I'm not sure that she is; apart from being the subject of this Diane Arbus photo.

swac said...

Miss Cora Pratt was the invention of New England socialite Polly Bushong, who would don ugly false teeth and a clumsy demeanor and show up at various events as a kind of prank in the late '50s and early '60s, and she was the subject of an Arbus magazine photo shoot.

swac said...

A little Googling reveals that Ms. Bushong was in her later years a painter with a gallery in Nantucket.