WHERE IS THE JEAN HARLOW L-29?

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03 Oct 2011 06:05 #21119 by dryesandno
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there are over 30 listings for R. Velasco in the Toronto and surrounding area phone book. it seems that Velasco is a pretty common name around here......

where did Raphael Velasco live? do we know anything about the guy?

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03 Oct 2011 06:21 #21120 by dryesandno
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harold tallman was an executive member of the Canadian Theosophical Society according to an article in the Canadian Theosophist on May 15th, 1926 which listed the members of the executive as follows:

THE CANADIAN THEOSOPHIST

THE ORGAN OF THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY

IN CANADA



Published on the 15th of every month.



seal here - "There is no Religion Higher than Truth"



- Editor - Albert E. S. Smythe.

- Entered at Toronto General Post-office as second-class matter.

- Subscription, One Dollar a Year.



OFFICERS OF THE T. S. IN CANADA.

GENERAL EXECUTIVE

- Roy Mitchell, 17 Munro Park Ave., Toronto.

- Mrs. Edith Fielding, 206 E. 27th St., N. Vancouver.

- H. R. Tallman, 71 Ellerbeck Ave., Toronto.

- J. Hunt Stanford, 17 Westmoreland Ave., Toronto.

- Felix A. Belcher, 250 North Lisgar St., Toronto.

- Laurance H. D. Roberts, Suite 5 Cornish Court, 19 Sherbrooke Street, Winnipeg.

- Miss Helena M. Hesson, 324 W. 18th Ave., S. Vancouver.



GENERAL SECRETARY

- Albert E. S. Smythe, 22 West Glen Grove Ave., Toronto 12.


the above appears to confirm the address for Harold Tallman and further confirms that his middle initial was "R".

sometimes Jim Brockman was not always correct in his information. he wrote an article for the ACD newletter that indicated my 1937 supercharged phaeton's first owner was E. P. Taylor, a bigger than life tycoon in our country. However i have since been able to trace every owner of the car and the original first owner was Gordon Taylor Jr. that won many important golf tournaments in our country in the early 30's and was no relation to E. P. Taylor. i spoke to the family of E. P. Taylor who confirmed that he had never owned such a car. The family of Gordon Taylor lived in a posh part of Toronto and had an investment firm in the heart of the business section in Toronto at King and Bay.

so we need to go back through Brockman's records and double check his theories to see if they are correct with respect to the Harlow Cord.

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10 Oct 2011 17:53 #21178 by Josh Malks
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Hey guys, it is pretty well established that this car never belonged to Jean Harlow or to husband Paul Bern. It's probably fruitless to try to detach the Harlow moniker from the car, but maybe we could at least call it the "Harlow" Cord. Better yet, the Phil Wright L29 Speedster, 'cause that's what it really was.

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16 Oct 2011 17:32 #21212 by dryesandno
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by the way, how did harlow and berne get connected to the car in the first place? and the idea that it went from Toronto to Paris. where did that come from?

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17 Oct 2011 06:20 #21216 by Josh Malks
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The widely-circulated photo below was taken in a park at the western edge of Paris. It shows a blonde woman standing next to the L29 Speedster. The occasion was a Concours d'Elegance. In the 1930s that was an event that judged a combination of car and driver, often a woman, for, well -- elegance. The woman's clothes often complemented the car.

In the early years of the ACD Club this photo was mis-identified as being Jean Harlow. That error keeps being cited and repeated. In fact, we really don't know who the woman is. She has been identified as model Suzy Vernon, but Chris Summers has provided a photo which contradicts this. (For sure it wasn't Harlow; she never left the USA.)

The photo also tells us, of course, that the Speedster did spend some time in France.




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17 Oct 2011 07:04 #21217 by Chris Summers
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The Internet is a marvelous thing.

It should also be noted that the women who accompanied cars to those shows were not necessarily the cars' owners. (Girlfriends, actresses, models, friends of the owner, coachbuilder's wife or daughter, etc. etc.)

The identity of the lady is now one more mystery for you guys to tackle when trying to trace the car. (Me, I'm still trying to find that lost Duesenberg in Europe, and don't have time for lesser rabble. <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: --> )

Fellow auto lit packrats: The known history of the speedster is well-covered in the December 2004 issue of "Hemmings Classic Car," as part of the article on the Addison recreation.

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