Emily Spreckels

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Emily Hall Tremaine & pals vs. the British Nazi (1937-38)

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 18 May 24

Emily Hall Tremaine & pals vs. the British Nazi (1937-38) In the thick of the anti-Nazi / Nazi fight in California, the pal of Emily Hall Tremaine (previously Baroness Emily von Romberg), Philip Chancellor, was the victim of an extortion attempt by Leopold McLaglen, the brother of a British...

Emily Hall Tremaine - diamond skull publicity (1940)

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 08 Feb 24

...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...

Emily Hall Tremaine fights back:
Nazis in California (1933-45)
(book preview)

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 05 Feb 24

...Emily Spreckels in early September 1940 (left) and December 10, 1940 (right) in the Daily News (New York) and on the front page of the Buffalo Evening News. Sample of full-on media coverage across America, reported out of Santa Barbara, California. In a summary in the audio introduction...

Emily Hall Tremaine - crazy anti-Nazi media coverage (1940)

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 16 Jan 24

...Emily Spreckels who later became "Emily Hall Tremaine"] [no photo]. Oakland Post Enquirer (California), p. 1, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 16 January 2024. P03310). Front page headline context: Greatest raid hits London See worldcat.org for possible locations, or contact area public library.1940 - news...

Emily Hall Tremaine - publicity outputs, Emily-style (1939)

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 12 Jan 24

Emily Hall Tremaine - publicity outputs, Emily-style (1939) The "original It Girl" Emily Hall Tremaine (then Von Romberg) married Adolph B. Spreckels, Jr. in August 1939. See the full-on reporting of the young publicity queen across the United States and beyond. Five months later, she generated...

Rachel Maddow’s "PREQUEL: An American Fight Against Fascism" & Emily Hall Tremaine (formerly Von Romberg - Spreckels)

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 23 Nov 23

Rachel Maddow’s "PREQUEL: An American Fight Against Fascism" & Emily Hall Tremaine (formerly Von Romberg - Spreckels) Top left: After a year-long second marriage, Emily Hall Tremaine (previously Spreckels) sued for divorce (7 Sept 1940; New York Daily News. Top right: Three months later,...

Rachel Maddow’s "Ultra" (2022) & Emily Hall Tremaine (previously Von Romberg - Spreckels)

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 14 Jul 23

Rachel Maddow’s "Ultra" (2022) & Emily Hall Tremaine (previously Von Romberg - Spreckels) Top left: After a year-long second marriage, Emily Hall Tremaine (previously Spreckels) sues for divorce (7 Sept 1940; New York Daily News. Top right: Three months later, Adolph B. Spreckels declares...

Sensation at Royal Academy of Arts, London (1997) press releases, list of works, in varied publications

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 17 Sep 21

...Emily Spreckels files for divorce" height="528" width="468"> Above, news clipping in New York Daily News on 7 September 1940, with re-used photo of Emily wearing diamonds estimated in value today of USD$14-220 million at the Beaux Arts Ball in New York. Emily was reported in the press...

Damien Hirst. For the love of God (2007) in publications, exhibitions

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 12 Sep 21

...Emily Spreckels (later Tremaine) wearing in today’s value from USD$14.5-220m in diamonds and stealing the press at the Beaux Arts Ball in New York, partly a piss-take and signalling her move up the society ladder (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 January 1940, p. 22). Deeply buried in art and design...

Tracey Emin. My bed (1998) in publications, exhibitions

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 10 Sep 21

...Emily Spreckels files for divorce" height="528" width="468"> Above, news clipping in New York Daily News on 7 September 1940, with re-used photo of Emily wearing diamonds estimated in value today of USD$14-220 million at the Beaux Arts Ball in New York. Emily was reported in the press...

Andy Warhol (w/ EHT). Marilyn diptych, (1962) in publications, exhibitions, and more

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 09 Sep 21

...Emily Spreckels, Adolph B. Spreckels, Jr., Brünninghausen and more.) A little myth-making? Additionally, it has been put forward, presumably by Emily herself, that she kept lending the Diptych out when she owned it 1962-80 because it was too large and she didn’t have the space. There may be...

Andy Warhol. A boy for Meg (1962) in publications, exhibitions

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 09 Sep 21

Andy Warhol. A boy for Meg (1962) in publications, exhibitions Meet the other lady behind the painting. Her name is Emily. Plus a list of exhibitions and selected publications regarding A boy for Meg. Andy Warhol A boy for Meg, (1962) Oil on canvas 72 x 52 in. (182.9 x 132.8 cm) Acquired...

Jasper Johns. Three flags (1958) in publications, exhibitions

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 09 Sep 21

...Emily Spreckels (later Tremaine) reportedly wearing one million in diamonds and stealing the press at the Beaux Arts Ball in New York, signalling her move up the society ladder. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 January 1940, p. 22.) Understood as partly a piss-take, it also understood that the...

Emily Hall Tremaine -
Apéritif magazine (1934-36) - issues, contents, media coverage & shocking context

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 04 Aug 21

Emily Hall Tremaine - Apéritif magazine (1934-36) - issues, contents, media coverage & shocking context This start-up magazine based in Santa Barbara, headed by Emily Hall Tremaine (previously von Romberg) featured provocative content and produced national media coverage in just a two-year...

Emily Hall Tremaine’s 1930s: In danger, madness, decadence and publicity

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R. J. Preece - 02 Aug 21

Emily Hall Tremaine’s 1930s: In danger, madness, decadence and publicity This micro-site and webpage are packed with a lot of new information clarifying Emily’s work and life. Left: Wire service photo of Emily Hall Tremaine (previously Spreckels) wearing in today’s value from...

Emily Hall Tremaine (previously Spreckels) vs. Adolph B. Spreckels, initial divorce court filing & deposition (1940)

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 29 Jul 21

...Emily Spreckels vs. Adolph B. Spreckels, Jr. in September 1940 - April 1941: the first four pages of the filing and Emily’s deposition. (Note: there are 10 additional pdf files with a file size of about 10MB each.) The court record is over 180 pages and includes two signed statements by Emily...

Piet Mondrian. Victory boogie woogie (1942-44) in publications, exhibitions

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 18 Jun 21

Piet Mondrian. Victory boogie woogie (1942-44) in publications, exhibitions Meet the "mother" of the painting. Her name is Emily. Plus a list of exhibitions and selected publications regarding Mondrian’s Victory Boogie Woogie. Piet Mondrian Victory boogie woogie, (1942-44) Oil and scotch tape...

New discoveries: Emily Hall Tremaine (previously von Romberg), Max von Romberg, Brünninghausen and more

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 11 Apr 21

...Emily Spreckels vs. Adolph B. Spreckels, Jr. (See Emily’s initial divorce filing alleging Adolph’s pro-Nazi support and extreme spousal violence. Emily clearly stated that she found the Nazi cause repugnant and against her principles and ideals. This is the key primary source documentation...

New discoveries: Emily Hall Tremaine (previously Spreckels), Adolph B. Spreckels, Jr., Brünninghausen & more

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R.J. Preece (ADP) - 11 Apr 21

...Emily Spreckels (later Tremaine) wearing in today’s value from USD$14.5-220m in diamonds and stealing the press at the Beaux Arts Ball in New York, signalling her move up the society ladder (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 January 1940, p. 22.) Six months earlier, she was cash poor. Months later,...


R.J. Preece (ADP) - 01 Apr 19

...EMILY SPRECKELS", ORIGINAL IT GIRL, 1939-45 Key mass media coverage events 1939 - Emily marries Spreckels See the texts In August 1939, Emily Hall Tremaine (previously Emily von Romberg), married sugar heir Adolph B. Spreckels, Jr. in the famous, or by then, notorious...