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The $6-million secretary

The $6-million secretary

Aug. 9, 1943: Joyce Davis, secretary to Los Angeles Treasurer Clifford Steele, poses for an L.A. Times photographer with six $1-million Victory Bond notes.

A nonbylined Times story explained:

Miss Joyce Davis is more than a girl with a million.

She is a girl with $6,000,000 right in her hands.

The real low-down on it is that she is the secretary to Clifford K. Steele, who is Treasurer for the city of Los Angeles. The six notes – for $1,000,000 each – represent money invested by the city in Victory Bonds purchased in the recent drive to raise $40,000,000 locally to finance building the cruiser Los Angeles.

“It was money earmarked for projects that can’t be commenced until after the war and now we’ll get $180,000 interest on the notes in the next three years,” explained Treasurer Steele.

This unpublished 4-inch-by-5-inch negative was found mixed in with some 1943 negatives of Frank Sinatra (post upcoming). After a little research, I found the published story and a different image, from the same shoot, of Davis holding all six notes.

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