The Power of the Ladies – the Ladies Auxiliary

Ida Mayer Cummings Auxiliary IMC

The Ida Mayer Cummings Ladies Auxiliary meets – tea, talk and dollars

Bob Hope once said about my great-grandmother, Ida Mayer Cummings, that she was the only woman he knew who could reach down the phone and grab a man by the lapels.

Where her brother Louis B Mayer was a force in filmmaking, Ida was a force in fundraising for the Jewish Home for the Aged in Los Angeles. Ironically, my grandmother and grandfather spent their last days there. But I look at this photo and see the fun, laughter and scheming to make sure money flowed from Hollywood and beyond to ensure comfort for the elderly.

By the way, I have no idea what the red x’s are for shown on the original photo. And enjoy the vintage fashions, especially you hat lovers.

Copyright Alicia Mayer 2012.



  1. Thank you Sharrie! The inside story is always so interesting and brings an interesting photo to life. Loving The Maybelline Story blog – its amazing.

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