Description: Viral image
Circulating since: April 2013 (under this pretense)
Status: False (see details below)
As posted on Facebook, May 2, 2013:
Before They Were Famous - Nancy D'Alesandro (Pelosi) - MISS LUBE RACK 1955 - Now that has to be embarrassing! This would be like her being Miss QUICKIE LUBE now! Oh... this is disturbing on so many levels, she wasn't even attractive "in the day."
Analysis: Nice try. I don't know who the swimsuit model is in this photo, but I can name one person it definitely isn't: Nancy D'Alesandro Pelosi, the current minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. How do I know? The image is part of a photo spread for LIFE magazine (additional images here) shot by Hollywood photographer Allan Grant in 1951.
Born on March 26, 1940, Nancy D'Alesandro was 11 years old at the time.
(Note: Some versions of the caption read "Miss Lube Rack 1959." It's still false. As stated above, the photo was taken in 1951.)
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Sources and further reading:
Profile: Rep. Nancy Pelosi
About.com: U.S. Liberal Politics
Muller Bros. Car Wash 1951
LIFE Photo Archive
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Last updated 05/03/13