Mrs. Oren Root (LOC)

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    Bain News Service,, publisher.

    Mrs. Oren Root

    [between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

    1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

    Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
    Photo shows Aida de Acosta (1884-1962) whose first husband was magnate Oren Root. She later married lawyer Henry S. Breckinridge. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)
    Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

    Format: Glass negatives.

    Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

    Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

    General information about the Bain Collection is available at

    Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL):

    Call Number: LC-B2- 2675-15

    Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ), and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) 63 months ago | reply

      This would be the lovely Aida de Acosta:

      Aida de Acosta (1884-1962) married magnate Oren Root, then later married lawyer Henry S. Breckinridge; both marriages ended in divorce. She was blind in one eye from glaucoma, and as a result put her efforts into raising funds for medical research, establishing the Wilmer Eye Institute and the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration.

      Legend has it that six months before the Wright Brothers flew a plane, Aida de Acosta piloted an aircraft solo in Paris, but it was kept quiet to preserve her reputation.

      Her sisters were also notable: Mercedes de Acosta (poet, playwright) and society beauty Rita Lydig:

      Rita's portrait was another recent LOC upload:

    2. Lewis (LOC P&P) 63 months ago | reply

      Very interesting. Thank you for the additional identification. Well correct the source data and reload the description.

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