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Albert Keep Isham's (possible) Duesenberg

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28 Dec 2020 22:17 #41825 by Earl Boebert
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Albert Keep Isham was a rich playboy who built a huge mansion in Carpenteria (Santa Barbara area) CA in 1927. Only the pool house survives. There is a almost certainly apocryphal story that he drove his Duesenberg into the pool during a wild jazz-age party. Pretty unlikely, since contemporary pictures of the pool house don't show any entrances big enough to allow such a vehicle into the building. In the course of debunking the story for a short bio of Isham I am working on, the second question is : is there any record anywhere that an Albert Keep Isham AKA Albert Isham AKA Albert K. Isham ever owned a Duesenberg?

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30 Dec 2020 00:48 #41831 by RandyEma
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Hello. I have no record of any body owning a Duesenberg J by that last name .It is possible he had an A Duesenberg 1922-1926 ? Randy Ema

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30 Dec 2020 03:43 #41833 by Earl Boebert
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Thank you so much. The pool was built in 1927 and Isham died in 1931 so if he had one earlier it could not have gone in the pool. Another tale too good to be true :-)
Thanks again.

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31 Dec 2020 01:38 #41844 by pfree3233
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Unless I am reading this incorrectly, it could have been a "Used" 1922-1926 Duesy A Model that he drove into the pool. :)

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31 Dec 2020 03:37 #41845 by Earl Boebert
Replied by Earl Boebert on topic Albert Keep Isham's (possible) Duesenberg
It's certainly possible, but I've studied Albert Isham in some depth and he doesn't seem like the kind who would buy a used vehicle. The one known car of his was a Murphy-bodied SSK Mercedes.

And we still have the problem of there being no entrance to the pool that you could get a Duesenberg through.

But of course at this distance nothing is certain.

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