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Castle Innovation Waltz

Alternate Title:
Vernon Blythe Castle and Irene Foote Castle
Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
Vernon Blythe Castle, 1887 - 1918  Search this
Irene Foote Castle, 7 Apr 1893 - 26 Jan 1969  Search this
Medium:
Printed illustration with halftone on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 34.9 x 27.4cm (13 3/4 x 10 13/16")
Type:
Print
Date:
1913
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Sheet music  Search this
Commercial  Search this
Illustration  Search this
Irene Foote Castle: Female  Search this
Irene Foote Castle: Performing Arts\Costume designer  Search this
Irene Foote Castle: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer  Search this
Vernon Blythe Castle: Male  Search this
Vernon Blythe Castle: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer  Search this
Vernon Blythe Castle: Military and Intelligence\Air Force\Officer\Air Force pilot  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Saul Zalesch
Object number:
S/NPG.2005.77
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm45e009e7d-f5af-407b-b199-f83f1ccb95e8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_S_NPG.2005.77

Castle, Vernon (Captain) (Nee: Blythe)

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Research Request.
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National Air and Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies
National Air and Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies / Series C: Biographies: Individuals / Biographies C
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg236d1090d-eade-4fc3-bb53-693dee524e3d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-1183-c-ref12229

Castle, Vernon (Captain) (Nee: Blythe) [Documents]

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Research Request.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.1183.C, File CC-155000-01
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National Air and Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies
National Air and Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Biographies / Series C: Biographies: Individuals / Biographies C / Castle, Vernon (Captain) (Nee: Blythe)
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2ee29d9ad-1ac3-40e5-81c1-5d4da021ceee
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-1183-c-ref12230

Irene Foote Castle and Vernon Blythe Castle

Artist:
Grace A. Neal, 1815 - ?  Search this
Sitter:
Irene Foote Castle, 7 Apr 1893 - 26 Jan 1969  Search this
Vernon Blythe Castle, 1887 - 1918  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
57.5cm x 26.5cm x 30cm (22 5/8" x 10 7/16" x 11 13/16"), Estimate
Type:
Sculpture
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Irene Foote Castle: Female  Search this
Irene Foote Castle: Performing Arts\Costume designer  Search this
Irene Foote Castle: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer  Search this
Vernon Blythe Castle: Male  Search this
Vernon Blythe Castle: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer  Search this
Vernon Blythe Castle: Military and Intelligence\Air Force\Officer\Air Force pilot  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: New York Public Library
Object number:
NY260016
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f89f3d96-a85c-47b0-9cc2-4885433058e4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY260016

Helen Curran Collection of Irene Castle Documents and Photographs Albums

Compiler:
Fenner, Helen Curran  Search this
Donor:
Fenner, Gloria J.  Search this
Names:
Castle, Irene, 1893-1969  Search this
Castle, Vernon  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Clippings
Photographs
Photograph albums
Date:
1940
Summary:
One scrapbook of newspaper clippings and one photograph album about and of Irene Castle, notable dancer, film star, and animal rights activist.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of materials from one scrapbook and one photograph album. Box one contains photographs and box two various newspaper and magazine clippings. The photographs include images of Irene and Vernon dancing, stills taken from the film, "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle" (1939), personal photographs belonging to Helen Curran taken at Fire Island, and photographs of Orphans of the Storm. The clippings date from 1917 to 1969 and include publicity material from the film "Patria" (1917), articles on Orphans of the Storm, Irene Castle's role in shaping modern fashion, and several obituaries.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Irene Castle and her husband Vernon are considered to be among the forerunners in bringing modern dance to the United States in the early part of the twentieth century. She was born Irene Foote on April 17, 1893 in New Rochelle, New York. She met Vernon, a British vaudeville actor and comedian, in 1910, and the couple was married in 1911. Soon after their marriage they moved to France where the couple gained notice for their ballroom dance routines. Upon returning to the United States, the couple rose to stardom with original dances such as the "Texas Tommy," the "Foxtrot," and the "Castle Walk." The Castles were influential in introducing ragtime to American society and elevating the music and dance style to a more sophisticated level. Irene is credited with introducing the flapper look to America, including bobbed hair, straight, loose dresses, and headache bands.

Upon the outbreak of World War One, Vernon left the stage to join the Royal Canadian Flying Corps. Meanwhile, Irene made several feature films, including the popular serial, Patria. Vernon was killed in a plane crash while performing a training exercise in Texas on February 15, 1918. Irene never chose another dance partner and ended her public career in 1923.

Irene married three times after Vernon's death. She gave birth to two children with her third husband, Major Frederick McLaughlin. In 1939, Irene was consulted on the biographical film, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. She devoted her later life to humanitarian work, particularly in the field of animal rescue. She established Orphans of the Storm, a shelter for dogs in Deerfield, Illinois, and remained an active advocate of animal rights. Irene died of congestive heart failure in Eureka, Arkansas on January 29, 1969. She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx, and New York next to Vernon Castle.

Helen Curran was creator of the scrapbooks. Helen's parents, Sam and Edna Curran, were managers of Orphans of the Storm animal shelter. Helen Curran Fenner considered Irene Castle a role model and they became good friends. The donor of this collection, Gloria J. Fenner, was the stepdaughter of Helen Curran.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Footage of Irene and Vernon Castle's feature film The Whirl of Life (1915). The footage can be found in the Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection (NMAH.AC.0491) under the title Social Dance, 1903-1961, RV OF491.1.

There are also several pieces of Castle sheet music in the Sam DeVincent Sheet Music Collection, NMAH.AC.0300. They can be found in series 18, folder "Irene and Vernon Castle".
Provenance:
Donated by Ms. Gloria J. Fenner in 2010.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Dancers  Search this
Celebrities -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Clippings -- 20th century
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 20th century
Photograph albums -- 20th century
Citation:
Helen Curran Collection of Irene Castle Documents and Photographs Albums, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1202
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Helen Curran Collection of Irene Castle Documents and Photographs Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e39bce23-4c82-41f2-ab81-3298cabbb898
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1202
Online Media:

End of Day, (sculpture)

Title:
Vernon W. B. Castle Memorial, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Farnham, Sally James 1876-1943  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Woodlawn Cemetery New York New York
Date:
After 1919
Topic:
Homage--Castle, Vernon W. B  Search this
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Control number:
IAS 74970004
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_361404

Castles in the air, by Irene Castle as told to Bob and Wanda Duncan

Author:
Castle, Irene 1893-1969  Search this
Duncan, Robert Lipscomb 1927-  Search this
Duncan, Wanda  Search this
Subject:
Castle, Vernon 1887-1918  Search this
Castle, Irene 1893-1969  Search this
Physical description:
264 p., [32] p. of plates illus., ports. 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1958
Topic:
Dancers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_540236

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