Nov 19 2018

Mystery Foto #46 Solved: Mid-Week Pictorial Announces the Death of William K. Vanderbilt in 1920

Steve Lucas challenged you to identify this illustration published in Mid-Week Pictorial, a magazine once owned by The New York Times.

Mystery Foto questions:

  • Identify the person

William K. Vanderbilt (1849-1920). His image was and still is  often confused with the profile of his son.

  • What was his association with the Vanderbilt Cup Races and/or Long Island Motor Parkway?

William K. Vanderbilt was the father of William K. Vanderbilt, who created the Vanderbilt Cup Races, and a major investor in the Long Island Motor Parkway.

  • When and why was this illustration published?

Mid-Week Pictorial, then owned by The New York Times, used the illustration to annouce William K. Vanderbilt's death.

Comments (3)

Congrats and kudos to Brian McCarthy for recognizing Willie K's father William K. Vanderbilt in the Mystery Foto.


Howard Kroplick

July 29, 1920 issue of the Mid-Week Pictorial

William K. Vanderbilt (date unknown)

William K. Vanderbilt in 1905


Nov 19 2018 Dick Gorman 10:39 AM

Mystery Foto #46… The person in the rendering is none other than William K Vanderbilt II. He, of course, was the founder of the Vanderbilt Cup races as well as the builder the L.I. Motor Parkway.
Not sure when and why this pic was published in the “Mid-Week Pictorial”. My research turned up nothing.  I will guess it was at the time of his death in January 1944.

Nov 19 2018 frank femenias 11:03 AM

The hair may have given it away. This could be William Kissam Vanderbilt II, a.k.a. Willie K, in his fifties, around 1940s. Guessing the portrait was used to display the founding member of a university

Nov 19 2018 Brian D McCarthy 5:18 PM

Here to say this is William Kissam Vanderbilt 1, father to William Kissam Vanderbilt 2.

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