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Our Monstrous 1913 Marmon - Edith Mortimer?


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It is thrilling I got a call from a man who is researching about a Marmon 48 Two seater. Marmon only built about 350 48 Marmons and only three were speedsters. According to the Marmon Owners Club, our 1913 Marmon, by our serial number, was the only Marmon speedster made in 1913. 


Possible previous owner of our 1913 Marmon. Researching. Please let us know if you have any information or pictures. She is driving a Marmon two seater that looks a great deal as our car!
From a source who is researching for a book

"Edith Mortimer in her Marmon 48 – only known image are two variants on this – note how straight-legged she is – & she was 5 foot 8 ins tall.

The image below is from a syndicated newspaper story which ran in August 1919. (She was in an accident that killed someone)

"The trial was in March 1919, five months after the second accident (that two individuals were also killed) in October 1918. Edith did NOT drive the Marmon after the October 1918 accident so the newspapers must have had this image in stock from months or even years earlier. She drove it from March 1915 to October 1918.

"In June, 1919, three months after the trial, Edith married an Italian nobleman and became Countess di Zoppola. The couple lived in Europe from 1919 – 1923, partly to escape intrusive attention from the American press."

Notice the car in the picture has the same cowl shape, left hand drive, handbrake and the gearshift is ours. The seat is farther back than most brass cars. It fits me perfectly and she, at 5'8", had a little stretch as in her picture.

I am aware that the car in the picture shows a right hand door. There is no indication of same on our car, but our car was the result of a major restoration, but closely done as it was made originally made.





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Society Girl Freed
Of Manslaughter In Auto Crash
Engaged To M. di Zoppola
Daughter Of Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Mortimer
To Be Married At Country Home
In Roslyn On June 21st
The New York Times
May 29,1919
An engagement of interest announced yesterday was that of Miss Edith Mortimer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Mortimer of Wheatley Hills, Roslyn, L.I. to Count Mario di Zoppola of Italy.  Simultaneously it was told that the wedding would take place on June 21st at the country estate of the bride’s parents.
Miss Mortimer has long been prominent in society, and has appeared in many charitable and war relief entertainments, also at the Junior League affairs, being an accomplished dancer. She is the same age as her fiancé, twenty-eight.
Count di Zoppola was in the Italian Army before the war began, and during the conflict he was in service with the Italian Aviation Corps, and is still connected with it.  He came to this country last autumn on a visit, remaining her about five months.  He then went back to Italy, and is expected to return to this country next week.
Miss Mortimer was for some time in the limelight of publicity, as the result of an automobile accident, in which two men were killed, and was recently acquitted of blame.  On November 27, 1918, she was indicted on a charge of manslaughter in the second degree, and was later placed on trial for the death of Nathan Wassenberger, one of the two men, in the Queen’s County Supreme Court, Long Island City.  The accident, out of which the charge grew, happened on October 19th last, while Miss Mortimer was driving her car on Broadway, Flushing.  With her at the time was Captain Mercier Pore of the French Army.
According to Miss Mortimer, who is an athlete and outdoor girl, she was traveling along Broadway at about twenty-five miles an hour, when she saw a motor truck emerge from a side street.  In order to avoid a collision swerved her car sharply to one side, but the truck struck her car and forced it into another car, stalled on the road, killing the two men, Wassenberger, and Morris de Mato, and injuring a third.
The jury which acquitted Miss Mortimer last March was out for ten and a half hours before they reached a verdict of ‘not guilty.’
The Mortimer family for three generations has been conspicuously identified with New York, their ancestors coming from England.  Mr. Mortimer is the son of the late William Yolis Mortimer and his wife was formerly Miss Elizabeth Livingston Hall.  He has a son, Stanley Mortimer Jr., who is at Princeton.  His brother, the late Richard Mortimer, married Miss Eleanor Jay Chapman, granddaughter of John Jay, United States Minister to Austria.  Her son, Lieutenant Richard Mortimer, died in service in France a year ago.
The Bride Of Mario di Zoppola, Aviator
At Parent’s Country Home, Wheatley Hills
The New York Times
June 29, 1919
The first international wedding of social interest since the war, took place yesterday at 12:30 o’clock, when Miss Edith Mortimer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Mortimer, became the bride of Count Mario di Zoppola of the Italian Aviation Corps, at the country home of the bride’s parents, at Wheatley Hills, L.I., the Rev. Father Louis N. Martel, pastor of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, at Rolsyn, officiating.  Count di Zoppola is a Catholic, and it was said yesterday that the bride will soon join the Catholic Church.
The bride walked with her father, who gave her in marriage.  She wore a gown of ivory liberty satin draped with rare old Duchess Lace and flounces worn by her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Valentine Hall. The court train was edged with lace flounces and trimmed with large bowknots of tulle and silver embroidery.  The lace veil fell almost to the end of the train, and was held by a single strand of diamonds across the forehead, the gift of the Count’s father.  Her other ornaments were diamond pendant earrings, a present from the bridegroom’s mother, and a corsage diamond ornament, the gift of the bride’s mother.  She carried a bouquet of white orchids and lilies of the valley, with a cluster of real orange blossoms.
The Bride’s Attendants
Attending the bride were Mrs. Alexander Biddle, Mrs. Darragh A. Park, Mrs. Morton Breese, Mrs. James Lloyd Derby, Mrs. Louis Noel, and Miss Leonie Burrill.  They wore organdy frocks, two in pale pink, two in mauve, and the other two in pale green, all with large picture hats of straw wreathed with matching flowers.  Each carried a bouquet of roses of corresponding color.  Count Caracciolo acted as best man for Count di Zoppola.
Following the ceremony, the bride and bridegroom received congratulations in the drawing room before a curtain of poppies and lilies of the valley. Later a bridal breakfast was served at small tables on the lawn, the bridal table being on the balcony, at which was seated thirty of the bride’s girlfriends.
The most talked of social event of the past fortnight in New York was the marriage of Miss Edith Mortimer to Count Mario di Zoppola, son of Count Giuseppe di Zoppola, and attached to the Italian Air Service.  The wedding, at beautiful country home of the bride’s parents. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Mortimer, in the Wheatley Hills, was a brilliant one.  This, not only because of the setting but because of the assemblage of friends who make up, to a large extent, New York society in its smartest sense!  The Mortimers are indentified with New York, Long Island and Tuxedo, and have many friends both in this country and in the continent.
The Mortimer’s home stands atop one of the highest hills in the Wheatley Ridge, over looking the harbor with a far view of New York.  Formal gardens surround it.  The marriage ceremony was quietly celebrated in the library with the family and only the family’s most intimate friends bidden to witness it.  A wedding breakfast followed and a reception, the latter in the large drawing room, with dancing on the verandas and in the garden.  The bride’s gown of ivory satin trimmed with old lace, and a point lace veil worn by a maternal grandmother.  Her train was covered with tulle and embroidered in silk and, form a silver ribbon, in front was suspended a spray of orange blossoms.  Her veil was caught by a diamond chain presented to her by the father of the groom, Count Giuseppe di Zoppola.  As for the bride’s attendants, they were frocked in mauve organdy.  They were Mrs. Morton Breese, Miss Leonie Burrill, Mrs. Darragh A. Park, Mrs. Alexander Biddle, Mrs. Louis Noel, Miss Margaret Sargent.  The Count and Countess di Zoppola went to Southampton for their honeymoon an, so far as is know and unless their plans change, they will go on to Newport and, later, to Italy.  
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