Celebrities and Sun Dances
Okay, this guy just looks like he should be famous, right? Unfortunately there are quite a few photos that I just have no clue regarding the identity of the people. Of course, if you've been following along, Frederick C. G. Eden is on the right, but until some internet magic happens (someone sees the photo and tells me), he'll have to remain anonymous.
Now, in the next photo we have Ivan, and a group containing one gentleman marked, 'Gannett'. I couldn't get out to research this one as much as I'd like, but I'm betting it's the newspaper mogul, Frank Gannett. He would be around 40 in 1916, and this guy looks like he could be 40. Why would Ivan write in, 'Gannett', if it wasn't significant in some way? Any Gannett experts out there? My apologies to the lady on the right, I couldn't fix her nose.
Finally, these next few photos will wrap up Ivan's flying lessons in Palm Beach. Beginning in 1916, some area businessmen came up with the idea to hire "real live Indians" to come to Palm Beach and perform "The Sun Dance". Apparently it was a week long festival with dances, parades and floats. The first photo shows a few of the dancers gathered, but I posted it since you can see fragments of the words "Seminole" and "Dance" over the woman's shoulder in the upper right. That ties the event firmly in the history book. I have my doubts about the last photo. I looked at some actual photos of "war bonnets" and this one comes up a bit lacking. Perhaps they just made a simple one for the show.
In my next post, Ivan heads out for the Curtiss factory in Newport News, Virginia. This is pretty exciting stuff for me, since there are so many famous aviators in the coming photos!