Jungle Adventures and Mummy’s Curses

Lady Richmond Brown, seen in the two images below, was an adventurer at a time when ladies such as herself were not expected to run off to explore the world. Certainly they were not to travel with men who were not their husbands, and interact with native tribes in far-off locations.

In the first image below, we see a stylish, posed Ms. Brown. She looks set to grace the society pages, not to disappear into the jungle. The second image shows a very different Ms. Brown; a true jungle explorer with guns strapped to her hip.

Lady Richmond Brown. April 19, 1925. No photographer attributed.

BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, Carton: P74, Folder: Brown, Richmond

Lady Richmond Brown, 1930. No photographer attributed.

BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, Carton: P74, Folder: Brown, Richmond

If jungle adventures are not enough excitment, how about the curse of a mummy? Seen below are Lord and Lady Carnarvon with their daughter, Lady Penelope Herbert. Lord Carnarvon’s father was the co-discoverer of the tomb of King Tutankhamen. The Examiner printed this image in September of 1935 with the heading “Romance Over”, reporting Lady Carnarvon (former Catherine Wendell) is the “latest victim of the Tutankhamen curse”, in that her marriage was on the rocks.

Lord and Lady Carnarvon with their daughter, Lady Penelope Herbert. September 1935. International News Photo

BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, Carton: P96, Folder: Carnarvon, Earl and Countess Catherine Wendell

What will we find next??? Keep checking in, and enjoy!

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One Response to Jungle Adventures and Mummy’s Curses

  1. How absolutely wonderful to see the 6th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon feature in a San Francisco newspaper, from 1935, albeit at the sad time when their marraige had finally crumbled. Thirty years before this picture was taken, the 5th Earl and his Countess, Almina Wombwell, rather took San Francisco by storm. My recently published biography of Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon, entitled ” The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon” has a detailed description of that American trip, including an account of those whom the couple met in California, during thr Spring of 1903. One most notable San Francisco dweller they met ( and dined with ) was Jeremiah Lynch ( 1858-1917) the former US Senator, stockbroker and adventurer, and immense lover and traveller in Egypt. The Carnarvons visited at Lynch’s request his famous Bohemian Club, with it’s own in house “mummy” on display, the one that perished in the San Francisco fire of 1906. Lynch to my mind was one of the unsung contributors to the underlying decision of the 5th Earl to even consider digging in the Valley of the Kings, at Luxor, Egypt. Unfortunately “Jere” Lynch died a few years before the historic discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, and his huge spark in kindling Carnarvon’s quest, leading to the most fabulous treasures of the era was overlooked. However, as we approach the 90th anniversary ( in November 2012 ) of the epic discovery by Carter and Carnarvon, I am very pleased to record in my book of the important surrogate role played by this fine San Francisco citizen, Mr Jeremiah Lynch. Regards, William Cross, FSA Scot, UK

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