Millionaire mothers spend oceans of dollars in bringing of their babies
How will the richest babies in the land turn out?
The mothers of Baby Astor, Vincent McLean and little Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt are giving their “million dollar babies” everything that the world can give them so far as physical strength, mentality, money and material comfort are concerned — with the hope that they will grow up to be great men.
The greatest care is given to their diet, the various apartments they occupy and they have different nurseries in which to play. Vincent McLean, who will some day inherit $100,000,000 is never alone. He has three companions, two detectives and a little negro boy to play with and keep him from being lonesome. Since his birth Vincent’s parents have been afraid that someone would kidnap him. Four men are employed to guard the grounds that no one may enter who looks suspicious.
It costs $32,000 a year to keep the Astor baby comfortable, buy his clothing, toys, fees for doctors and lawyers, etc. Little John Jacob Astor’s fortune will amount to more than $10,000,000 when he becomes of age. Baby Alfred Vanderbilt, by the death of his father, will share the great fortune of between $50,000,000 and $70,000,000. He has a private doctor – two or three nurses and a companion, and a body guard of armed detectives.
Photo: Clockwise from left: Baby John Jacob Astor, Vincent McLean, and Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
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Publication: The Day Book (Chicago, Ill.)
Publication date: June 22, 1915