The Hunt | Pat Laursen, Queen of Skeet

All ladies should wear aviators, lipstick, pin curls and spectators when they take up arms.   National Skeet Shooting Champion, Pat Laursen -- possibly the most adorable woman ever known for blowing things to smithereens -- captured tending to her craft by the incomparable Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE in 1940.
 



(Many thanks to ACL's Michael Williams for the terrific heads up. We all should spend more time immersed in the LIFE archive).

12 comments

  1. David says:

    No doubt about it: the girl's a bit of a babe. But batty!

  2. Love those Life archives ... .

    Jjjj

  3. LPC says:

    Yes! That's exactly how those skeet things explode in the air!

  4. suzanne nelson says:

    Girl after my own heart... stylish too - i'm putting together my summer wardrobe and having just splashed out on some horribly expensive, fabulously trendy gladiator sandals i'm now inspired to spend the summer in saddle shoes and white ankle socks instead...

  5. Arezi says:

    Reminds me of some of the ladies I saw at the Vintage Cup a couple of years ago, all shooting side-by-side shotguns in competition.

  6. All ladies should wear aviators, lipstick, pin curls and spectators when they take up arms. i love it!

    pat laursen was fascinating. wow...amazing images!

  7. just found this while looking for skket/trap/Pat Laursen shots (bad pun...) activate movie with Drew Barrymore stat.

  8. christina says:

    This is Grand! Pat Laursen was my Grandmother!! "Princess of the Ponies" XO

  9. Olivia says:

    These are just wonderful images of my grandma- Hi Tina! She was a crazy and beautiful talented woman!