Agnes Balcer was a WAVE, the Women’s Reserves (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in the Navy during World War II, stationed at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. Her official rank was Radioman Third Class. On her time off she would visit Greenwich Village. This photo was taken at the Village Barn with a couple of other WAVES and civilians, at 52 West 8th Street.

Agnes Balcer was from Bemidji, Minnesota and worked as an executive secretary in Washington, D.C. before enlisting during the war. While stationed at Floyd Bennett Field, she met and married Anthony Del Giudice, and requested to be discharged shortly after. She lived in Yonkers, NY until the age of 93, and was a devoted mother to four children, grandmother of eight, and great grandmother of 16. These images were donated by her daughter, Debbie Mahony.

See here for more history of the Village Barn, which later became Electric Lady Studios.”

Ca. 1943