Bianca Noa Morehead (1874 Baltimore-1945 New York)
The dress Mrs. Morehead is wearing (the photo dates from 1920) was a lecture costume which cost only $6.98, complete. This included the shoes at $3.50. The dress, made of flour sacks, cost 18 cents.
From The New York Times, July 28, 1945:
Mrs. Bianca Noa Morehead, widowed of Albert Morehead (AHM's father), died yesterday in her apartment at the Hotel Ansonia. Her age was 71. She was active in music, educational and club work for almost fifty years. Her husband, who died in 1922, was a choral conductor and arranger.
Botn in Baltimore, mrs. Morehead spent her early years in Chattanooga, Tenn., where her father, Ismar Noa, was president of the Peoples Bank. She studied the piano in Berlin under Heinrigh Ehrlich, who had been the teacher of Brahms, and in New York under Scharwenka. In 1901 she founded the Southern Conservatory of Music in Chattanooga, with Josef Cadek and mr. Morehead, to whom she was married in 1904. In 1917 she organized the penny lunches in the Lexington (Ky.) public schools and directed them for six years.
Mrs. Morehead became State chairman for Kentucky in the campaign to control the high cost of living, and during 1920 and 1921 lectured throughout the State. From 1926 to 1932 she served as the advertising manager fo tThe Journal of Education in Boston. The next year she wrote a shopping column for The Boston Record and broadcast shopping news on the radio. She had lived in New York since 1934.
She was a member of many clubs, a former president of the Lexington, Business and Professional Women's Club, a former vice president of the Kentucky Parent-Teachers Association, a former chairman of the scholarship fund of the New York Harmony Guild and a former chairman of volunteer workers for the Children's Aid Society of New York.
Surviving are two sons, James T. and Albert H. Morehead of New York, and a sister, mrs. Samuel Davis of New York, formerly of Chattanooga and Winthrop, Mass.