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Grandma and Rudolph Valentino

Grandma  and Rudolph Valentino

Grandma was Miss Toronto 1923.

Beautiful lady

This is a beautiful picture of your very photogenic grandmother. She should have been in the movies!

This doesn't look like Valentino. I wonder if it was just the pilot of that plane. Valentino did judge lots of beauty pageants in the early 20s, sponsored by Mineralava, the manufacturers of a "beauty clay" that supposedly restored the skin, after being worn on the face for forty minutes. It would have been quite a thrill to be chosen as the most beautiful by Rudy!

Miss Toronto

appears as though Miss Toronto of 1923 was selected as the ultimate winner of a beauty contest judged by Valentino - links, here: and here: - the photo doesn't look like Rudolph though - anyone know what kind of airplane (engine above her; you can see the crank) she is sitting in??

is that really?

is that really rudolph valentino?

How cool!

The only picture I have with my grandma and a tall, handsome man is the one she married. I sure do miss them...


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