Emily Hall Tremaine - diamond skull publicity (1940)

Almost 70 years before Damien Hirst’s publicity-driving diamond skull, arts figure Emily Hall Tremaine did the same, but became the diamond skull herself, wearing in today’s value, 14.5-220 million in diamonds. This generated media coverage across America and beyond. (Before this, Emily occupied the American media with the stylish announcement of her second marriage.) Seven months after the diamonds event, Emily dove into shocking publicity, suing her second husband and accusing him of being pro-Nazi. Sometimes photos of Emily wearing the diamonds were re-used and accompanied the shocking articles...

R.J. Preece (ADP)
Art Design Publicity at ADC | 8 February 2024 | Updated 30 March 2024

In 1940, arts figure Emily Hall Tremaine (1908-87) previously known as Emily Spreckels, wore a reported 500k or 1m worth of diamonds to the Beaux Arts Ball in New York. The amount of 1m is estimated at 14.5-220m in today’s worth. (See https://www.measuringworth.com/calculators/uscompare.) It is thought her doing this was partly a statement that she had arrived into a higher profile tier after marrying a Spreckels, and at the same time, a piss take. She was reported to have had armed guards with her.

This "media event" shows "unity / variety" across the media and is pre-Warhol. The difference is, Emily, a self-made master of media, was doing it across wire services, and had done so since about 1935.

See the compiled media coverage below.

For more information about Emily’s crazy and dangerous pre-1945 life, see the section "I. Mystery, danger & misunderstandings: Emily Hall Tremaine in the 1930s".


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1940 - A. P. wirephoto / caption - Emily, diamonds

(27 January 1940). A. P. Wirephoto with caption: "New York, Jan. 27— Half a million dollars worth of diamonds... Mrs. Adolph Spreckels..." [re. Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels] [above]. (Viewed 23 December 2019. ebay: 5 Nov. 2019 / artdesigncafe. P00434).

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1940 - Unknown wire service photo - Emily, diamonds

(27 January 1940). [Emily wearing diamonds (another view)] [re. Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels]. (Photo above.) (Viewed 23 December 2019. (ebay: 25 June 2018 / artdesigncafe. P00048).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

A. P. Wirephoto. (27 January 1940). Diamond decked [see above; with photo, front view, Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, wearing "500,000" in diamonds] (See above). Oakland Tribune, p. 1., col. 2. (Viewed 23 May 2021. P01844).



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1940 - social mention - Emily, diamonds

AP (New York, Jan. 27). (27 January 1940). Beaux Arts Ball a dreary affair [re. Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels] [no photos]. Emporia Daily Gazette (Emporia, KS), p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 23 May 2021. P01843).

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1940 - social mention - Emily, diamonds

AP (New York, Jan. 27). (27 January 1940). Beaux Arts Ball is all bedecked with diamonds [re. Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels] [with no photo]. Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, presumably p. 9, col. 1. (Viewed 23 May 2021. P01842).

"… There were real diamonds, all right, on Mrs. Adolph Spreckels of San Francisco, who wore a reputed half million dollars worth, with four black orchids… " (Excerpt from above.)


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1940 - social mention - Emily, diamonds

AP (New York). (27 January 1940). Beaux Arts Ball not as it used to be [re. Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels] [no photo]. Binghampton Press (New York), p. 1, col 2. (Viewed 3 November 2019. P00157).

Headline context: Reds suffer war’s greatest defeat.

"... There were real diamonds, all right, on Mrs. Adolph Spreckels of San Francisco, who wore a reputed half million dollars worth, with four black orchids..." (Excerpt from above.)


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1940 - social mention - Emily, diamonds

AP (New York, Jan. 26). (27 January 1940). Beaux-Arts Ball revived in N. Y. [with mention of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, and diamonds] [no photo]. Standard-Sentinel (Hazleton, PA), p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01846).

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1940 - social mention - Emily, diamonds

AP (New York, Jan. 27). (27 January 1940). Ten million worth of diamonds; dollars worth of glass at ball [with mention of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, wearing a half million worth of diamonds] [no photo]. The Iola Register (Iola, KS), p. 1, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01845).

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1940 - social news mention - Emily, diamonds

AP (New York, Jan. 27). (27 January 1940). Ball sparkles with diamonds worth millions [no photo; with mention of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 3. (Viewed 21 July 2023. N00027).

1940 - social mention - Emily, diamonds

Associated Press (New York, Jan. 27). (27 January 1940). $10,000,000 in diamonds at Beaux Arts Ball [re. Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels] [no photo]. Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. A-4, col. 1. (Viewed 23 December 2019. P01126-27).

"... This year the masquerade party was for the benefit of an American ambulance corps in France." (Excerpt from above.)


1940 - social mention - Emily, diamonds

Lyons, Leonard (Jan. 26). (27 January 1940). The New Yorker [news mention, Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, wearing diamonds] [no photo]. Washington Post, p. 10. (Viewed 27 December 2019. P00159).

"Elsa Maxwell: Mrs. Adolf [sic] Spreckels... has decided to attend the Beaux Arts Ball. Mrs. Spreckels is anxious to wear her celebrated jewels, but her insurance policies protect her only from mishaps which occur in the West... She’ll wear the jewels. A designer now is busy making costumes for the two bodyguards she’s hired to protect her at the Beaux Arts Ball..." (Excerpt from above.)


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1940 - social mention - Emily, diamonds

Randolph, Nancy. (27 January 1940). Beaux Arts dancers glitter in 5-&-10 gems [with unrelated portrait photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels]. Daily News (New York), p. 17. (Viewed 23 December 2019. P00158).

"[Emily’s] gown was of heavy white satin, made off the shoulders. She wore a diamond necklace (real) and a white draped turban with diamond clip (also gen-u-ine) ..." (Excerpt from above.)


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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social mention - Emily, diamonds

AP (New York, Jan. 27). (28 January 1940). $10,000,000 worth of gems shown at shown at Beaux Arts Ball [re. Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels] [no photo] (above). The Atlanta Journal (Georgia), p. 13C. (Viewed 9 February 2024. P03342).

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1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

A. P. Wirephoto. (28 January 1940). New York— Half a million dollars worth of diamonds [with photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, wearing diamonds, and caption]. Sunday Star / Evening Star (Washington, DC), p. E-12. (Viewed 28 November 2019. P01128).

Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / mention - Emily, diamonds

A. P. Wirephoto. (28 January 1940). Stars of New York Society Ball [including photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, wearing a “half million” in diamonds]. Decatur Sunday Herald and Review (Decatur, IL), p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01847).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily wearing diamonds

Associated Press Wirephoto. (28 January 1940). Half million dollars in gems [with photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, wearing diamonds] (See above). Buffalo Courier-Express, p. 2, cols. 6-7. P03218).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social mention - Emily, diamonds

Randolph, Nancy. (28 January 1940). Society [above; news mention, Emily wearing diamonds] [with portrait photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, wearing diamonds] (See above). Sunday News / Daily News (New York), p. 65. (Viewed 22 December 2019. P00160-61).

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1940 - social photo / mention - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (29 January 1940). $500,000 glitter [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds]. East Liverpool Review (East Liverpool, OH), p. 1, col. 2. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01850).

Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / mention - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (29 January 1940). $500,000 glitter [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds]. Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), presumably p. 6, col. 5. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01851).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / mention - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (29 January 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (See above). Mount Carmel Item (Mount Carmel, PA), p. 7, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01849).

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1940 - social mention - Emily, diamonds

Exclusive (New York, Jan. 28). (29 January 1940). Dime store Cindarella steals show at ritzy Beaux Arts Ball [re. Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels] [no related photo]. Los Angeles Times, p. 5. (Viewed 21 December 2019. P00162).

"... There were real diamonds, all right, on Mrs. Adolph Spreckels of San Francisco, who wore a reputed $500,000 dollars worth, with four black orchids..." (Excerpt from above.)


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1940 - social mention - Emily, diamonds

Lyons, Leonard. (29 January 1940). Lyons den [with mention of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, diamonds] [with no photo]. St Louis Globe-Democrat, p. 7B, cols. 3-4. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01403).

"Elsa Maxwell: Mrs. Adolf [sic] Spreckels... has decided to attend the Beaux Arts Ball. Mrs. Spreckels is anxious to wear her celebrated jewels, but her insurance policies protect her only from mishaps which occur in the West... She’ll wear the jewels. A designer now is busy making costumes for the two bodyguards she’s hired to protect her at the Beaux Arts Ball..." (Excerpt from above.)


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1940 - social brief - Emily and diamonds

New York, Jan. 27 (AP). (29 January 1940). $10,000,000 jewels mingle with glass [with mention of, but no photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels]. Buffalo Evening News, presumably p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 22 February 2023. P03189).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily and diamonds

Presumably CP. (30 January 1940). Orchids and "ice" [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, wearing diamonds] (See above). Ontario Intelligencer (Belleville, Ontario, Canada), p. 2, col. 8. (Viewed 22 February 2023. fultonhistory.com: Belleville ON Daily Intelligencer 1940_030451. P03188).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

UFS photo agency. (30 January 1940). World news feature pictures: $1,000,000 in gems [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (above). The Hopewell News (Hopewell, VA), p. 6. (Viewed 9 February 2024. P03343).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (30 January 1940). $500,000 glitter [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (above). Cushing Daily Citizen (Cushing, OK) (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01854).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (30 January 1940). $500,000 glitter [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (See above). Sapulpa Herald (Sapulpa, OK), p. 6, col. 4. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01856).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily and diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (30 January 1940). She had a 500-grand time [re. Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels] [photo/caption] (See above). Malone Evening Telegram (Malone, NY), p. 1, above the fold, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 22 February 2023. fultonhistory.com: Malone NY Evening Telegram 1940 - 0273. P03190).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (30 January 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (See above). The Decatur Daily (Decatur, AL), p. 5, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01855).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / mention - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (30 January 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (See above). Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, MA), p. 4, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01853).

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1940 - social photo / caption – Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (30 January 1940). She had a 500-grand time [photo / caption of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, with diamonds]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 9. (Viewed 21 July 2023. N00022).

Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / mention - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (30 January 1940). $500,000 in jewels [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (See above). The Ottawa Evening Journal (Ottawa, ON, Canada), p. 1, col. 8. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01852).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Wide World Photo. (30 January 1940). Photo and caption: Jewels [above; "Mrs. Adolph Spreckels New York socialite, displayed a fortune in jewels— $1,000,000 worth— as she attended the Beaux Arts Diamond Ball in the Ritz-Carleton Hotel in New York"] [with photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, wearing diamonds] (See above). Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p. 22. (Viewed 3 November 2019. P00163).

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Pre-Warhol
Unity
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Variety


See the later "collaboration" of Emily with Andy Warhol. In 1962, Emily advised that Andy— for the famous Marilyn Monroe diptych— put the two panels showing "rise" and "fall" side by side. He agreed, then she bought the artwork which she sold to Tate Modern, London in 1980.

One wonders how much Andy Warhol knew about the late 1930s publicity queen Emily, whose national media coverage included photos and scandal shown in Pittsburgh area media.



Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

UFS photo agency. (31 January 1940). $1,000,000 in gems [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (above). The Daily Standard (Red Bank, NJ), p. 2, cols. 2-3. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01859).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (31 January 1940). The Journal presents the world in pictures [with photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (above). The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, NE), p. 12, col. 3. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01857).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (31 January 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (above). Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, IL), p. 3, cols. 2-3. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01817).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (31 January 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (above). Shamokin News-Dispatch (Shamokin, PA), p. 8, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01858).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Wide World Photos. (31 January 1940). Presenting the wide world in pictures [(above) photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, wearing diamonds, with caption]. Ithaca Journal (New York), p. 10. (Viewed 21 December 2019. P00165a,b).

> Caption: "... Mrs. Adolph Spreckels, society leader, gems valued at $1,000,000..." (Excerpt from above.).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily and diamonds

Wide World Photos. (31 January 1940). Presenting the world wide in pictures [with photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels] (above). The Morning Herald (Gloversville and Johnston, NY), presumably p. 8. Viewed 22 February 2023. fultonhistory.com: Gloversville NY Morning Herald 1940 Grayscale - 0385. P03191).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily and diamonds

CP. (1 February 1940). Orchids and “ice” [with cropped photo of Emily in diamonds] (See above). Owen Sound Daily Sun-Times (Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada), p. 7, col. 3. (Viewed 30 March 2024. P03379).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (1 February 1940). 500-grand [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (See above). The Austin-American (Austin, TX), p. 1. (Viewed 4 February 2024. P03341).

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1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (1 February 1940). $500,000 glitter [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds]. The Salem News (Salem, Ohio), p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 17 January 2023. P03095).

Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (1 February 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (above). The Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, OK), p. 3, cols. 2-3. (Viewed 4 February 2024. P00185).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

UFS photo agency. (1 February 1940). $1,000,000 in gems [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (See above). El Reno Daily Tribune (El Reno, OK), p. 2, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01862).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

UFS. (1 February 1940). $1,000,000 in gems [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (See above). Jeffersonian-Democrat (Brookville, PA), p. 4, cols. 2-3. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01861).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

UFS photo agency. (1 February 1940). World news feature pictures; $1,000,000 in gems [with cropped photo of Emily in diamonds] (above). The Owensboro Inquirer (Owensboro, Kentucky), presumably p. 13, col. 1. (Viewed 30 March 2024. newspapers.com. P03378).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (1 February 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (See above). Newport Daily Express (Newport, VT), p. 7, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01860).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (2 February 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (See above). The Knoxville News-Sentinel, p. 6, cols. 2-3. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01863).

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1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (2 February 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily in diamonds] (above). The Waterbury Democrat (Waterbury, CT), p. 10, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 31 March 2024. P03386).

Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (3 February 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (See above). The Coshocton Tribune (Conshocton, OH), p. 3, cols. 2-3. (Viewed 25 June 2021. P01819).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (4 February 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (above). Miami Daily News-Record (Miami, Oklahoma), p. 3. (Viewed 9 February 2024. P03348).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

UFS. (5 February 1940). World news feature pictures; $1,000,000 in gems [with cropped photo of Emily in diamonds] (above). The Daily Sentinel-Tribune (Bowling Green, Ohio), p. 8, col. 1. (Viewed 30 March 2024. P03380).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (6 February 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily in diamonds] (above). The Frederick Leader (Frederick, Oklahoma), p. 3, cols. 7-8. (Viewed 30 March 2024. P03381).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (7 February 1940). She had a 500-grand time [with cropped photo of Emily in diamonds] (above). The Galion Inquirer (Galion, Ohio), p. 5, cols. 1-2. (Viewed 30 March 2024. P03382).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (8 February 1940). $500,000 glitter [with cropped photo of Emily in diamonds] (above). The Bland Courier (Bland, Missouri), p. 8, col. 3. (Viewed 30 March 2024. P03383).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

INP Photo (New York). (9 February 1940). “Ice” and sugar [with cropped photo of Emily in diamonds] (above). The Honolulu Advertiser, p. 3, col. 3. (Viewed 30 March 2024. P03384).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (9 February 1940). Week’s news in pictures; $500,000 glitter [with cropped photo of Emily in diamonds] (above). The County Democrat (Shawnee, Oklahoma), p. 3, col. 2. (Viewed 30 March 2024. P03385).

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1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (10 February 1940). $500,000 glitter [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds]. The Daily Alaskan Empire (Juneau, AK), p. 2. (Viewed 9 February 2024. P03345).

Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Acme photo agency. (11 February 1940). A fortune in gems [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (above). Des Moines Sunday Register, section 11, presumably p. 4. (Viewed 9 February 2024. P03347).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (12 February 1940). She had a grand time [with cropped photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, in diamonds] (above). Santa Maria Daily Times (Santa Maria, CA), p. 3. (Viewed 9 February 2024. P03346).

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Emily Hall Tremaine

1940 - social photo / caption - Emily, diamonds

Unknown photo agency. (18 February 1940). Photo and caption: Women in the news: $500,000 in jewels [with photo of Emily Hall Tremaine, formerly Spreckels, wearing diamonds] (above). Los Angeles Times, p. G8. (Viewed 3 November 2019. P00169).

"Mrs. Adolph Spreckels of San Francisco was one of the sensations of the Beaux Arts Ball in New York wearing a display of diamonds valued at around $500,000." (Excerpt from above.)


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Emily Hall Tremaine

Cropped view of page in Emily Hall Tremaine’s 1930s scrapbook showing multiple media coverage on her and her work at Aperitif magazine. In August 1935, Emily transformed or staged a defamation threat into a media / publicity event with national news coverage, promoting the magazine. This is generally the time that Emily’s social publicity power took off with a six-year run. Learn more about Aperitif magazine.