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Photo of Mr & Mrs J J Astor in the Tatler

Photo of Mr & Mrs J J Astor in the Tatler


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Photo of Mr & Mrs J J Astor in the Tatler

Black and white photo of Mr and Mrs J J Astor under the heading Matters American in the Tatler of 17th November 1909. Mrs Astor had just been granted a divorce in a hearing which lasted only three minutes, with their name not even mentioned in court. Date: 17th November 1909

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This striking photograph, published in the Tatler magazine on 17th November 1909, captures the elegant and enigmatic presence of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Astor as they gracefully navigated the scandalous waters of Edwardian society. The Astors, two of America's most prominent figures, found themselves at the center of a highly publicized divorce proceedings that took place just weeks prior to this image being published. Despite the intense media attention, the divorce hearing itself was a brief and private affair, lasting only three minutes. The names of the parties involved were not even mentioned in court, adding to the intrigue and speculation surrounding the separation. The Tatler, a leading society publication of the time, wasted no opportunity to report on the developments, publishing this image under the heading "Matters American." Mr. Astor, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist, and his wife, Caroline, were a fixture of high society both in America and Europe. Their divorce marked a significant moment in the history of American society, as it was one of the first high-profile divorces to take place in the United States. The image of the Astors in the Tatler serves as a poignant reminder of the public's fascination with the personal lives of the rich and famous, even in an era long before the ubiquity of social media and celebrity culture. This photograph, with its timeless elegance and intriguing backstory, offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Edwardian elite and the societal norms of the early 20th century.

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