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Ava Lowle Willing Astor, first wife of John Jacob Astor IV, ca. 1900

Vincent Astor in 1912, the year his father, John Jacob Astor

IV, went down with the Titanic, leaving Vincent to inherit almost all of the family fortunes.

Crowds gathered at the French Pier to see off passengers aboard SS La Lorraine, August 5, 1914

Crowds watch the SS La Lorraine set sail, August 5, 1914

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