The Bain Collection at the Library of Congress includes 49 exciting photos of the Vanderbilt Cup Races. These images focus on the spectators.
1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race
Virginia Vanderbilt, Willie K's wife, was standing in the middle of the first row wearing a white dress and black hat.
1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race
Referee William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. speaking to Peter Prunty, the PA announcer.
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (middle), second daughter of Conelius Vanderbilt II and the wife of Harry Payne Whitney.
Virginia Vanderbilt (right) and tennis champion Eleonora Sears (left)
The packed grandstand.
Crowd on the course when the race was called.
1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race
Miss Bird and Louise Hitchcock, wife of Thomas Hitchcock, Sr.