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Mrs. John D. Rockefeller

Rockefeller Center New York City September 1, 1933

Madeline inherited from her husband the income from a five million dollar trust fun and the use of his home on fifth Ave, and in the Newport so long as she did not marry. In August 1912 she gave birth to a son with whom she was pregnant on the Titanic and she named him after her husband, John Jacob Astor.

The Rockefellers

Despite being the wealthiest woman on earth, Hetty Green never made it into The 400. Known as "The Witch of Wall Street", Hetty loved nothing more than money, except her beloved dog Curtis. She spent her life growing her fortune, evading tax collectors, hoarding her money and trusting no one, not even her children. She died with $200 million ($17 Billion today).

Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt III (Grace Wilson) in the library of 640 fifth Avenue, where she entertained lavishly for decades. Grace Vanderbilt's social activities, in which she followed social protocol to the letter. She gave two dinner parties per week and one ball a month.

President George W. Bush and President George Bush isn't this at a at his library? I love this painting...can we get one for our house?

Card No. 1, Czar Nicholas of Russia, from the World War I Scenes series (T121) issued by Sweet Caporal Cigarettes, ca. 1914. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (Burdick 246, T121.1)

Caroline Astor, competing with the "tacky" mansion of the newly wealthy Stewart across the road,had the Georgian drawing room completely redone and turned into the then fashionable Rococo style, and it was in this room the family had their signature portrait done. This was the location of her famous "400" balls, where the lucky 400 were considered high society enough to enter her realm.

John Bunny (1863-1915) The first comic star of American silent film. When Bunny died the New York Times stated: "The name John Bunny will always be linked to the movies." Little did movie fans of 1915 realize that he would be completely forgotten the next year and omitted from many books on silent movies 70-80 years later.

Madeleine Astor, Titanic survivor and wife of John Jacob Astor IV, ca. 1910.

John D. Rockefeller

Nancy Astor, 1908, wife of millionaire John Jacob Astor. They had been on an extended honeymoon in Egypt and Paris, and in the spring of 1912, decided to return to America as First Class passengers on board the brand new Titanic .

Winston Churchill

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt I (1877-1915), c.1907. He was an extremely wealthy sportsman and a member of the famous Vanderbilt family of philanthropists. He died on the RMS Lusitania.

Alice Roosevelt with her dog Leo, 1902 - She smoked cigarettes in public, chewed gum, placed bets with bookies, rode in cars with men, stayed out late partying, and kept a pet snake named Emily Spinach, which she often wore wrapped around one arm and took to parties. Her father President Theodore Roosevelt once said of her “I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.”

John D. Rockefeller and Son

HRH Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, daughter of Princess Beatrice (youngest daughter of Queen Victoria). Married King Alfonso XIII of Spain; grandmother of King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

Grand duchesses Marie, Tatiana, Anastasia and Olga.

Helen Hay and her bridesmaids on the day of her wedding to Payne Whitney. New York Social Diary

1890s.....four generations of serious women............