Happy Birthday to the 11th Duke of Marlborough

Today is the 87th birthday of John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, the 11th Duke of Marlborough.  He is the grandson of Conseulo Vanderbilt.

1987 photo from Wikipedia

1987 photo from Wikipedia

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A Man Who Built America

Tonight, I’m watching the History Channel documentary – The Men Who Built America.  Specifically, the episode discussing Cornelius Vanderbilt.  It has been interesting to watch and I’ve learned quite a bit more about Vanderbilt.  Click on the picture below to get to a short video clip.

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For the full video you’d have to purchase it, but you can also look for it at a local library. It’s worth a watch!

Commodore Sighting!

Today while at work, I heard a commotion outside my office window – heard clapping.  I looked out and saw a crowd.  Since I’ve just joined Instagram I’ve got picture-taking on my mind, so I took one.

Turns out it was for National Walking Day and a group had convened in front of the library to begin a 20-minute walk.

It was only after I took the picture when I realized that the Commodore mascot was in it.  How fun! If I’d known he was going to be there, I may have walked 🙂

Nieves Orozco Field in 1947

While doing some Vanderbilt research tonight, I cam across this photo of Nieves Orozco taken in 1947 by Fritz Henle. I thought it was just gorgeous so I’m sharing it here.

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Nieves was a model of Diego Rivera’s and wife of Frederick Vanderbilt Field.  Frederick Vanderbilt Field was a 2nd great-grandson of the Commodore.