Mrs. Phil. Lydig & Mrs. Geo. Ethridge (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1915

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Mrs. Phil. Lydig & Mrs. Geo. Ethridge

[between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 4212-9


Owner: The Library of Congress
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    Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )

    • 22/May/2015 18:53:52

    Rita Lydig (born Rita Hernandez de Alba de Acosta, October 1875– October 27, 1929) was an American socialite regarded as "the most picturesque woman in America." She was photographed by Adolf de Meyer, Edward Steichen, and Gertrude Käsebier, sculpted in alabaster by Malvina Hoffman, and was painted by Giovanni Boldini and John Singer Sargent, among others. She also wrote one novel, Tragic Mansions (Boni & Liveright, 1927), under the name Mrs Philip Lydig, a society melodrama described as "emotionally moving and appealing" by The New York Times.

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    • 23/May/2015 05:14:05

    Rita Lydig see also

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    • 26/May/2015 00:38:46

    LOC: Was there a reason the following photo was not uploaded to Flickr in the 4178 series?

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    • 26/May/2015 00:54:45

    It is likely that this photo was taken at the Greenwich Village Garden Party in May, 1917 in Washington Square. Date on the negative seems to be 5/13/17. Mrs. George Ethridge was on the committee putting on the event. See Greenwich Village Fair

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    Ryan (LOC P&P)

    • 27/May/2015 20:40:42

    Thank you Richard Norton for the information about Rita Lydig. She seems to be wearing a banner that may say, "Women Suffrage...." Was anyone able to learn anything about Mrs. George Ethridge?

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    • 28/May/2015 00:23:40

    Mrs. Lydig is mentioned as having attended the market at the garden party on May 22, 1917, after attending "the big suffrage sacrifice sale", so that accounts for the sash she is wearing.

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    • 29/May/2015 01:19:09

    According to George Ethridge was a director of the Central Mercantile Bank. He was president of the Ethridge Company, New York. According to Mrs. George Ethridge was secretary of the St. Agnes Day Nursery. NYT of June 9, 1918 says that Mrs. George Ethridge was Captain of the Canteen Division of the Mayor's Committee. It looks as though she was a regular among charity event organizers.

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    • 29/May/2015 17:18:24

    A similar Bain photo of Mrs. Lydig from the same event ran in The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) , June 03, 1917, with the caption: " Mrs. Phil Lydig was one of the society women who made successful the garden party in Greenwich Village. She sold toy balloons. " <a href=""

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    • 29/May/2015 21:19:22

    I believe Mrs. Ethridge was Julia Dinsmore Flandrau Ethridge, 1872-1941, married to George Ethridge, 1866-1941. In his obituary, Mr. Ethridge was described as the head of the New York advertising firm Ethridge Company until his retirement to Rome, N.Y., six years earlier. He had lived in N.Y.C. for 40 years. He died two weeks after Mrs. Ethridge. Their grave:;