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1917 Auto Show! Ziegfeld Girls, Actresses at Benefit (john, gilesnemeton)

May 20, '10 10:25 PM

Thanks so much to John (giles) for collecting all of these great pics. He sent them to me ages ago and I tried to find out what they were from but had no luck. This time when I searched the article was right there :)

This was a fashion auto show benefit for the Actor's Fund held at Sheepshead Bay Speedway in June, 1917. Until I found the article I thought perhaps the photos were from different but similar events and that the group photo might have been Ziegfeld Girls on an outing of some kind.

The event was attended by theatre and film folk, society who-ha's and others with money to donate.

Ann Pennington seems to have won 1st place and received a $50 Liberty Bond and the white ribbon. Miss Nephile Bunnell came in second (!) and Hazel Dawn came in third.

I've seen the photo of Nephile Bunnell around but without any info on why she was in that get-up while driving her car :) The first negative of her is dated June 25 rather than June 24. It is the only dated photo.

Just for fun I've included a page showing 1917 Motor Cars. Fabulous!!

Thanks so much for these, John. Great fun and sorry it took me soooooooo long!

And thanks to Kathie for commenting on Consuelo Bailey (who I'll now remove from the 'C' folder) since that prompted me to look again for info on these and to get them posted.

Hope everyone enjoys these :)

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