Mrs Astor

There were many Mrs Astors, but the most famous was surely Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, remembered for her famous ball, and list of 400 of society's elite. After a dispute with her nephew, she abandoned her house on Fifth Avenue, which later became the site of the Empire State Building. She is described through the eyes of her acolyte, the fictional Rose Vandyck Master, in the 'Ellis Island' chapter of New York.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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