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Urban Equestrian: 1917

Urban Equestrian: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Washington Riding Club -- Mrs. Howard." On her high horse. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Edythe Howard?

This may be Edythe Howard (ca. 1891—Feb 2, 1988) atop her horse "Duke of Norfolk." Edyth, noted debutant and daughter of Beale Richardson Howard, is the only Howard which comes up in a search in newspaper archives for the Washington Riding and Hunt Club. She married Francis Bartlett Manning of Manchester, NH, in June 1917. She later married Harry Kendall Hickey, on May 7, 1931. Below is a 1912 photo of "Edith Howard" from the LOC. I'm not great at facial recognition but they do look similar.

The Washington Riding and Hunt Club was located at 22nd and P streets NW, (now site of a gas station) - perhaps the photo was taken near there.

Washington Post, November 14, 1910.

Miss Howard is of distinguished lineage on both sides and can claim to be an American of Americans. The Howards of Maryland were prominent in that State before the Revolution, and the branch from which she comes descended in a direct line from the Duke of Norfolk who stood by the fortunes of Richard III. On her mothers's side she comes of the historic Adams family, famous for generations in the affairs of the United States.

Washington Post, January 17, 1917.

Miss Edythe Howard won a silver cup and first prize in the jumping class for lady members of the Riding and Hunt Club and their friends, at the monthly entertainment held last night in the clubhouse, corner of Twenty-second and P streets northwest. Miss Howard rode the “Duke of Norfolk.”

I wonder.

Is the woman behind Mrs. Howard, facing the opposite direction, wiping her nose, or whistling at the riders behind her to say, "Hey, you guys! You are going the wrong way!"

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