Vintage: The Kim Sisters (1960)

Vintage: The Kim Sisters (1960)


The Kim Sisters was a South Korean female trio who made their career in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. They were the two sisters Sue (Sook-ja)and Aija (Ai-ja) and a third member, cousin Mia (Minja) Kim. Sue and Aija were two of seven children of Kim Hae-song, a popular music conductor, and Lee Nan-young, one of Korea’s most famous singers before the Korean War, perhaps best known for “the Tears of Mokpo.” Mia’s father was Lee Bong-ryong, a musician as well.

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The Kim Sisters, Chicago, 1960.

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The Kim Sisters, Chicago, 1960.

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The Kim Sisters, Chicago, 1960.

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The Kim Sisters, Chicago, 1960.

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On a sleigh, the three Kim sisters start off for a horse-drawn tour of [their manager’s mother’s] snow-covered Illinois farm. From the left are Sook Ja, Ai Ja, and Min Ja.

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Kim Sisters, Illinois, 1960.

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Kim Sisters, Illinois, 1960.

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Kim Sisters, Illinois, 1960.

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Kim Sisters with their manager’s family, Illinois, 1960.

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The Kim Sisters backstage, Chicago, 1960.

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Min Ja, a.k.a., Mia, with one of Kim Sisters’ manager’s nephews, Illinois, 1960.

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Kim Sisters with their manager’s family, Illinois, 1960.

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In pony-tails, girls watch Queen for a Day at manager’s mother’s farm in Marengo, Ill. Girls were surprised to learn show’s winner ruled nothing.

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The Kim Sisters backstage, Chicago, 1960.

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The Kim Sisters backstage, Chicago, 1960.

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The Kim Sisters, 1960.


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