Hollywood star Carole Landis christened Veterans DC-4.
With a splash of champagne, Carole Landis christened Veterans DC-4 on July 24, 1946. The Douglas Skymaster was the newest fleet addition. I continue to search historic newspaper photo archives for a visual capture of the event at Newark Airport. (Surely The New York Times or The Newark Star Ledger were there. How could they resist?!)
Meanwhile, we have this knockout photo of Landis to grace our page. Our thanks to the terrific website Glamour Girls.
One more childhood tale confirmed!
My Dad talked about meeting Carole Landis. And I vaguely remember my Mom showing me an old snapshot of my Dad in a trench coat, collar turned up, looking handsome and very suave – escorting Carole Landis on his arm. That personal snapshot remains illusive today. (But I’ll keep searching!)
What delighted me was the Landis Profile on Glamour Girls listed the christening among some stellar (no pun intended) activities on her Bio-line. (So, thanks, again, to Robert, the Glamour Girls site owner, who has become another member of my valuable network. He put me in touch with Cheryl, the Landis researcher who complied the Profile. Once again, you see how this all knits together for me!!)
For one thing, the Profile gave me the actual date of the christening. And from there I found a “Special to The New York Times” press clip – but sans photo.
Mrs. Gloria Vanderbilt got “christened” along with the DC-4
The Glamour Girls Profile also had this intriguing tidbit. (It’s another reason I’ve got to believe there was photo press coverage of this event!!)
Mrs. Gloria Vanderbilt, a patron of the line, stands behind her (Landis) and catches the champagne spray.
(That Mrs. Vanderbilt is the mother of the Gloria Vanderbilt of the fashion world & fabulous jeans fame. And that mention prompted me to read two autobiographies written by the younger Gloria. Yikes! What a life. But I digress.)