People, Dec. 11, 1939

Leather-lunged Bobby Breen, 12, retired from work as a cinemasinger. Reason: his voice is changing.

Up the red-&-blue-carpeted, wide circular staircase to the main ballroom of Manhattan's Ritz-Carlton Hotel paraded 99 of this season's debutantes, wealthy, wellborn, circumspect in public, acceptable to the Old Guard of Manhattan society.

The occasion: first of three Junior Assembly dances, demarcating what Society calls Society from what the public calls Society (run-of-the-mine Social Registerites). Notably present: Mary A. (for Alrichs) Steele, tall, blonde, beauteous daughter of the late Socialite Banker John Nelson Steele, earlier this year the...

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