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Exploring the Private Past of Passmore

Introduction: About Passmore's Scrapbook

Photo Album of Frances Passmore Lowe, Class of 1908, Page 89

The woman singing on the left is most likely Frances as she appears in many of the photos in the scrapbook.

Exhibit created by Elizabeth Reilly, Bryn Mawr College Class of 2014


Frances “Fanny” Passmore Lowe, a member of the class of 1908, documented her life shortly before, during and after Bryn Mawr through scrapbooking in a very interesting fashion. She provided no captions for any of her pictures nor are they necessarily organized chronologically. This intrigued me to explore more about her life at and after Bryn Mawr.

Frances traveled from Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend Bryn Mawr College where she studied History, Economics and Politics. She made a couple of clever submissions to her yearbook and was described as “undauntable” in the presence of Miss Thomas, the second President of the college, by a fellow classmate. She enjoyed spending her summers in Pasadena, California with her sister and was one of the notable guests at her class’ first reunion on May 16, 1909. By November 1919, she worked a “low brow but enjoyable profession” as a big buyer for a Minneapolis company that she often travelled to New York City for. After this Alumnae Bulletin, it is hard to locate her in subsequent publications.