Just ten days before the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race, pharmaceutical magnate George McKesson Brown of Huntington purchased the #7 Mercedes to compete in the race. Excited by his new acquistion, Brown commissioned photographers Spooner and Wells to document his new Mercedes in a scrapbook with photos taken before and after the race. The scrapbook also included two tickets:
As shown by this ticket for a "Box", great seats for the 1906 race for McKesson and his friends were expensive. The $50 price is the equivalent to $1,200 today.
The was George McKesson Brown's a box seat ticket. The cost of the ticket was $10 equivalent to $240 today. The box seat location was Box 22, Row B, Seat 5.
The condition of the 105-year old tickets are amazing- they look like they came from the printer last week.
The Official Program Guide for the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race included a cardboard scorecard. McKesson Brown was listed as the owner of the #7 Mercedes.
The guide also provided a list of box holders. The grandstand box seat at Row B, Box 22 was purchased by George McKesson Brown, matching the ticket placed in the scapbook.
This Spooner & Wells photo was taken from the roof of the Officials' Stand/Press Box across from the 1906 grandstand. George McKesson Brown (middle of photo) is the gentleman wearing the tie in the second row looking down at a program. Brown was the half-brother of David Bruce Brown who competed in the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race. His family was one of the founders of McKesson Corporation.
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The Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society with the cooperation of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration has announced a clean-up day for Saturday, October 15, 2011 beginning at 9:00 am. Heavy equipment has been volunteered to clear a path to remove debris.
Please bring shovels, rakes, shrub cutting tools and portable chain-saws. We will meet in the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Parking Lot at 9:00 am. For early risers, join us for breakfast at the Plainview Diner, 1094 Old Country Road at Plainview Road, at 8:00 am. All are welcome!
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