Mrs. Caroline Astor, Queen of the Fashionable Society of the Gilded Age of New York
Lady Nancy, Viscontessa Astor, nata Miss Witcher Langhorne (1879-1964)
Circa1900 Caroline Astor had reigned as queen of New York society for a quarter century. Others with ambitions for her throne -- Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Mamie Fish, Mrs. Clarence Mackay and Tessie Oelrichs -- formed satellite groups and gained defectors from Mrs. Astor's court like jestor/major domo Harry Lehr. She gave her last ball in 1904 and her last dinner party in 1907.
Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II (neé Alice Claypoole Gwynne) as costumed for the infamous ball hosted by his brother and sister-in-law Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt, 26 March 1883. It was this ball and the social maneuvering of Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt that earned the family a perpetual place on Mrs. Astor's List of the most elite New York families. Mr. Vanderbilt is dressed as Louis XVI and Mrs. Vanderbilt as "Electric Lights." Her costume is now among the Metropolitan Museum's collection.
2 hours 40 minutes Titanic sank in 2 hours and 40 minutes. This section ofthe exhibition spotlights human stories focusing on personal experiences to capture the dramatic final hours. The Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum commemorates the centenary of the loss of the Titanic.