Often we see old photos of people with early cars, and never know who they were, or their story. However, sometimes the story comes out.
This newspaper photo was in a file at the National Research Library in downtown Detroit. I thought it was a neat photo of a 1907/08 Model K Roadster. There was no other information, just the faded photo:
I filed the copy away, not thinking any more about it.
Earlier today, while waiting at the hospital for my daughter to have elective surgery (she's 13, and had a tear in the facia of one shin, she's doing well and will be out for track in 6 weeks), I was surfing old car stuff (big surprise )
One interesting item surfaced on "Google Search" a 1908 book "Theatre Magazine" listed a section "Stage Favorites In Their Automobiles." Several stage stars were pictured with their cars:
And, on the third page of the article:
There she was, Miss Adelaide Manola, driving the Six Cylinder Ford in the faded photograph:
As it turns out, Miss Manola was a stage star, and appeared with Douglass Fairbanks Sr. in a Broadway Play:
Miss Manola was also married to a writer named Rupert Hughes the same year this photo was taken, 1908. The man seen on the left of the photograph may be Mr. Hughes.
And, this "Mr. Hughes" happened to have a brother, Howard Hughes Sr.. Mr. And Mrs. Rupert Hughes are the uncle and aunt of then two year old Howard Hughes Jr..
How's that for a story, all from one old newspaper photograph?
Not bad. :}
SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MVNDI.
Except for Madame Schumann-Heink and Anna Held, and Doug Fairbanks of course, I think most of those names are new to me. Most who are famous in their time are unknown to later generations. If I picked a hundred people at random and asked them about Jo Stafford, Dennis Day, and Kay Kyser, names everybody knew when I was a kiddo, I doubt that I'd find more than one or two who knew any of them.
You may need to get out of farming and become a researcher at the nearest university. Your specialist subject is clear and relates to your favourite letter of the alphabet.
As for me, maybe I should become a social commentator. But I'm not very PC. I do wonder about the clowns who wear, in the height of summer, woolly hooded jackets, with the hood up and over a cap! I have just found the earlier equivalent of it - there is Douglas Fairbanks is looking for a face somewhere amongst a very silly hat!
John, I was unable to find a good photo of Miss Manora. I didn't place it in the original story above, but she died under mysterious circumstances, possibly suicide, in French Indochina (Later known as Vietnam) in the mid 1920 s.
Steve, I had to look it up - "Thus passes the glory of the world." It has been interpreted as "Worldly things are fleeting."
How true! Certainly in one hundred years, two hundred possibly for the more famous (and infamous) of us, we will all be forgotten. However, barring fire earthquake, or sinkhole (see Corvette museum a few days ago) our cars will live on.
This is a link to 20 minutes of mostly Model K Ford photographs. Every time I watch it, I'm reminded that everyone seen with the cars are ghosts - past, present or future. Life is fleeting.....
Enjoy every moment,
Rupert seems to have been bad luck for his wives. His second wife, Patterson Dial, also died mysteriously in 1945.
Rob - I watched the whole video and it's great! Wonderful music too.
It makes me wonder....what do you do in your spare time?
Thomas, yes, bad luck. He was married once before marrying the Model K driving Miss Manola.
Keith, glad you liked the video. It didn't take long (as you can probably tell), just a random grouping of Model K pics and then paste in sound tracks.
I thought this was possibly another photo of Miss Moreno with her car, but a closer look shows this K Roadster has a different style front seat upholstery. It appeared in a 1912 article about the Ford Model K:
Rob I bet you were smiling when you found that last paragraph from the 1912 article.
Another article that made me smile:
And Royce doesn't believe any of this!