The Family that Built a Transportation Empire
The Vanderbilts were one of the oldest and best-known families in America. Jan Aertsen van der Bilt emigrated from Holland around 1650. Although his descendants prospered as farmers on Staten Island, New York, they lived modestly; it was only during the lifetime of Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877), known as the “Commodore,” that the family name became synonymous with extraordinary wealth.
Feb 08 2017
William K. Vanderbilt Jr. documented his 1937 South American trip in his Sikorsky S-43 amphibian plane in a limited edition book Flying Lanes.
Jan 10 2017
The Simeone Museum has announced that they have received a landmark gift- Kirk Gibson's 1907 Renault "Vanderbilt Racer."
Jan 07 2017
In 1925, the New York Post obtained a rare interview with William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. Thanks to a copy of the original newspaper found in the Helck Family Collection, the article provides insight on how Vanderbilt recalled his early vehicles and how New York viewed Willie K.
Jan 02 2017
This holiday weekend's Mystery Foto was a never-before-published image from the Helck Family Collection, gifted from Joel Finn in 1970.
Nov 30 2016
Cradle of Aviation Collection: William K. Vanderbilt Jr.‘s Sikorsky S-43 Seaplane at Roosevelt Field
Our friends at the Cradle of Aviation have provided this exclusive photo of Willie K's huge Sikorsky S-43 at Roosevelt Field circa 1937.
Nov 09 2016
Tom Padilla is currently researching a 1913 accident witnessed by William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. and looking for information on one of Willie K's cars.
Sep 28 2016
As a follow-up to last weekend's Mystery Foto, the amazing Ariejan Bos of Netherlands has discovered the December 1, 1901 issue of the French magazine La Vie au Grand Air which described Henri Fournier's encounter with a Long Island Rail Road locomotive. Ariejan has kindly translated the article.
Sep 26 2016
Mystery Foto #39 Solved:The First Documented Automobile Railroad Crossing Accident in the USA Update
The Helck Family Collection challenged you to identify this never-before-published Mystery Foto.
Aug 02 2016
Bruce Adams challenged you to identify this weekend's Mystery Friday Foto.
Jul 09 2016
The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum has announced that their fifth annual Clam Bake on Saturday, July 23, 20116 will have a special guest.