a late 19th century gilded age romance set on the st lawrence river seaway
1893 Rare in this Condition Indian Cent Four by riggsbyscorner, $80.00
Victorian Wedding by Lee Brasile on Etsy
Minnie Stevens Paget. Shunned by New York society because her father owned hotels and her mother was rumored to have been a maid in one of them. She suffered a few humiliating setbacks as an American heiress, but managed to latch onto an untitled gentleman to secure her status in the Prince of Wales's set. BFF to Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill) and Consuelo Yznaga (Duchess of Manchester).
OP: Evelyn Nesbit. 1901 (December 25, 1884 – January 17, 1967) was an American artists' model and chorus girl, noted for her entanglement in the murder of her ex-lover, architect Stanford White, by her first husband, Harry Kendall Thaw. Eventually, Evelyn became one of the most in-demand artists' models in New York. Charles Dana Gibson, one of the most popular artists in the country at the time, rendered a pen-and-ink profile of Evelyn with her red hair arranged in the form of a question mark.
from the OP: My great-aunt Evelyn Nesbit Thaw - At the turn of the century, Evelyn was one of the most sought-after models in New York and became one of the famous Gibson Girls. Evelyn got pregnant – twice – by John Barrymore (Drew’s grandpa). She married a jealous, terribly abusive man, Harry K. Thaw, at the age of 20. In 1906, the couple ran into Evelyn’s old lover, Stanford White, at the rooftop theater of Madison Square Garden where Thaw shot Stanford point-blank in the face three times.
"She looked up at the man, clothed only in a white shirt and dark trousers. “Pardon me.” She nearly had to shout to have herself heard above the waves of the boat’s wake. “Are you trying to steal my boat?” He took up an oar to retrieve her hat, which had been floating in the water beyond the bow. Only after it was safely in the skiff did he deign to look at her. He moved his hands over his face to clear the water that rained from his hair. She was looking suddenly into pale blue eyes." c. GTorre
“Someday large ships will come back and forth through here. They will be mammoth. Larger than even our imaginings. A majestic skyscraper moving on its side through the water. It will be silent, except for a long low horn, vibrating through the air like the song of a whale. They will be different colors, bright reds and greens...We will come to recognize them and welcome their arrival from each direction. They will connect us, like magic.” (Copyright Giulia Torre, 2014)
“There are diamonds on the water.” His voice held a note of wonder. He picked up a small stone and skipped it expertly. “This is my favorite time of day. Whenever it arrives, I think there couldn’t be anyplace lovelier on the face of the earth.” (copyright Giulia Torre, 2014)
“Can I expect you?” His single push had set her out so far that these last words were said in a shout, the Welsh lilt that was his father’s making the question lyrical. He was beautiful standing there, the light breeze playing with his curls. His hands at his hips. It was this final inquiry that squeezed her heart. He was in earnest. He wanted her to say yes, yet he feared she would not. She nodded. “I will watch your cat.” Copyright Giulia Torre, 2014.
Tristan Wolfe without the curls (Jensen Ackleswith)
The Osprey's Nest is Tristan Wolfe's boat, a model electric launch introduced at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. He inadvertently runs Meredith down with it in Chapter 2. (Motor Boat Boys On The St Lawrence Solving the Mystery Of The Thousand Islands)