tamilewisbrown (tamilewisbrown) wrote,

Mabel Boll Shuffle's Off To Havana

March 5, 1928 Mabel Boll aka "The Queen Of Diamonds" road as a passenger from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, NY to Havana, Cuba. From humble beginnings as a cigar girl, Boll married into money and was known for the hundreds of thousands of dollars of jewels she wore everywhere. Boll dueled with Amelia Earhart and Thea Rasche to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. All three women were posted in Newfoundland but Earhart's plane, sponsored by publisher G.P. Putnam and heiress Amy Phipps Guest took off first and Earhart claimed the prize. Earhart suggested to the press that she had been at the controls rather than only a passenger in the back of the plane but years later admitted the lie.


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