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Nancy Pelosi: Miss Lube Rack 1955?

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As shared on Facebook, May 2, 2013:
Miss Lube Rack

Netlore Archive: Viral image purports to show a young Nancy Pelosi (née Nancy D'Alesandro) posing in a bathing suit in an auto repair shop as 'Miss Lube Rack 1955.'

Viral image via Facebook / Original photo by Allan Grant, Life Magazine

Description: Viral image
Circulating since: April 2013 (under this pretense)
Status: FALSE (see details below)


Text example:
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 in the above photo really is, 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 (not 1955).

Born on March 26, 1940, Nancy D'Alesandro was 11 years old in 1951.

(Note: Some versions of the caption read "Miss Lube Rack 1959." It's still false. As stated above, it has been documented that the photo was taken in 1951.)

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Sources and further reading:

Profile: Rep. Nancy Pelosi
About.com: U.S. Liberal Politics

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TimeCapsule.es

LIFE Photo Archive
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Last updated 05/03/13

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