The Family that Built a Transportation Empire
The Vanderbilts were one of the oldest and best-known families in America. Jan Aertsen van der Bilt emigrated from Holland around 1650. Although his descendants prospered as farmers on Staten Island, New York, they lived modestly; it was only during the lifetime of Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877), known as the “Commodore,” that the family name became synonymous with extraordinary wealth.
Dec 09 2013
Last week's Mystery Friday Foto was another gem from the collection of Paul Osika, owner of the best vintage photo collection at Hershey.
Dec 07 2013
Ron M. Jr: "I love the site. Thank you for your hard work on it. I am a Long Island postcard collector and am wondering if you have a complete 'checklist' of the Long Island Vanderbilt Cup postcards that were produced. I have a few and am interested in learning…
Nov 16 2013
My third book "North Hempstead" has been completed and will available for sale on January 20, 2014.
Oct 23 2013
In celebration of the 105th anniversary of the Fourth Vanderbilt Cup Race held on October 24, 1908, here are several of my favorite race images photographed near the grandstand and press box/officials' stand in the Hempstead Plains (now Levittown).
Oct 12 2013
The unveiling of a historic horse statue built for Clarence Mackay, an original director of the Long Island Motor Parkway and friend of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. was celebrated on Saturday, October 19, 2013.
Aug 15 2013
In a continuation of the series of the cars owned by William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., this is a profile of one of his classic automobiles.
Jul 24 2013
In 2011, the editors of Yachting magazine selected 12 "yachts that we love" including Willie K's yacht which he used for expeditions from 1931 to 1935.
Jul 04 2013
From 1902 to 1903, William K. Vanderbilt, Jr, competed in races throughout Europe.
Jun 15 2013
In celebration of Father's Day, this is a photo tribute to William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. and his children.
May 13 2013
The Mystery Friday Foto has been solved: It was Willie K driving his 1903 Mercedes at Krug's Corner in Mineola during the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race.