Louise Thaden, August, 1929. Thaden set may records during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1928 she became the first pilot to hold the women's altitude, endurance, and speed records in light planes simultaneously. Flying a Beech Staggerwing, Thaden won the Bendix trophy in the Bendix Transcontinental Race of 1936, the first year women were allowed to compete against men. She is pictured here in her Beechcraft Travel Air Model B-4000 after winning the "Powder Puff Derby" in 1929. SI-82-2132
The "mail order brides" of the American west were the "supply" that met two "demands". For the men of the west who far outnumbered women and wanted to create families, farms, and towns, a mail order bride could be the solution. And for young women of the eastern states who faced loneliness, poverty, and the social stigma of spinsterhood if they didn't marry, being a mail order bride could offer social and economic opportunity.