WHERE IS THE JEAN HARLOW L-29?

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02 Nov 2011 16:46 #21318 by Chris Summers
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During the Mountain Haunt last weekend in Lynchburg, VA, Bruce Woodson, Jr., graciously allowed attendees to spend an afternoon browsing the many albums of ACD information assembled by his family over the years.

Mike Huffman and I discovered the September 1931 issue of "The Accelerator," which includes a brief report on the speedster's appearance at a French concours with a picture of the Lady in Question with the car. She is identified as Mlle. Berne.

Editorial conventions of the 1930s would have identified a married Mrs. Berne as Mme. (Madame) Berne. Mlle. is "Mademoiselle," the French equivalent of "Miss." Mlle. Berne was likely unmarried and her name was her own.

I imagine that at some point Mlle. Berne was confused with Mrs. Bern (Jean Harlow, another attractive lady), and from that the rumors spread.

As for the misidentification as Suzy Vernon, Vernon is mentioned and pictured elsewhere in the article, but not with the speedster.

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02 Nov 2011 17:01 #21319 by Josh Malks
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Well done, Chris and Mike.

You may have solved two mysteries simultaneously:

1. Who the unknown lady was.
2. How Harlow's name got attached to the Speedster. (Mlle Berne, not Mme Bern.)

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03 Nov 2011 11:49 #21325 by alsancle
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Well done!

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09 Nov 2011 23:03 #21398 by Justin Kerns
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Ok I'm going to stop lurking and wade into this conversation. Here is my rough timeline as well as I can put it together. Let's work on refining/correcting this:

1930 - Phil Wright presented the design to Roy Faulkner and Roy decided to have it produced as a show car for 1931 shows
1930, December? - Car extensively photographed in snowy field (Snow photos)
1931, January - The car was shown at the New York Auto Show (has anyone ever seen it photographed at that show?)
1931, June - Car shown and photographed at Paris Auto Show
1931, August - Car photographed in Toronto (Velasco photos)
1931, November - Car photographed in Auburn (Cutter photos)

Is that correct? Anyone have more specific dates?

There is a progression of headlights. It appears to be as follows:
1930 - Snow photos - Woodlites
1931 - Paris Show and later - Marchal or Cord? headlights

I have also observed another change to the car that I have not seen previously mentioned. It relates to the finish of the grill louvers and is as follows:
1930 - Snow photos - grill louvers painted darker body color
1931 - Paris show and later - grill louvers chrome

I've gleaned this info from this thread, newsletter archive searches and my own photo archive. If we can agree on the basic timeline and progression then we will know exactly where the trail ended.

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10 Nov 2011 00:36 #21400 by Chris Summers
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Justin, the snow photos are the ones you and I discussed previously.

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10 Nov 2011 17:13 #21405 by Justin Kerns
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Looks like Stan Gilliland has already spent some time and effort trying to trace the car from the last known photos (Cutter photos). Read interview here:

http://www.ddclassic.com/l_29_cord.html

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