The Powder Puff Derby

The All Women’s Air Race in 1929.



Doodles Make Me Smile


In other posts I showed you some of my doodle pictures.  Today I need to make myself feel positive. I cannot let circumstances make me sad. Positive thinking really does work. I know that for sure. Negative thoughts make me sad.

Looking at a Daily Doodle makes me think of  Vicky when Ward walked out of her life. I think of how she put herself together and learned to fly. She must have driven the sadness away while she concentrated on the positive not the negative.

Look at the Daily Doodles and SMILE,

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Book-Cadillac Hotel


Vicky stayed at several addresses during the early part of her life.   One of them was the Book Hotel. In 1917 the name was changed to the Cadillac Hotel located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Washington Blvd.

It was named after the wealthy Book Brothers of Detroit. It had 1134 guest rooms. With the start of the Great Depression the hotel went into receivership.

During the late 30’s the hotel opened The Cadillac Apartments. The rooms were newly decorated and for living in apartments. The apartments were rented for $60.00 a month. I would think that Vick  lived in one of these apartments. She wasn’t wealthy and seemed to “flop” at different places.

In 1948 the hotel was featured in the movie State of the Union. It a starred Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and Angela Lansbury.

Skipping to information about World War 11 the Book-Cadillac Hotel was sold  to the Sheraton Corporation for six million dollars. It thrived until 1974 it reopened as the Shelby Hotel. Then it became the Detroit Heritage Hotel. This hotel closed in 1975. I don’t know when Vicky stayed here but I know from my family that she definitely stayed here.





More facts about Vicky’s Flying Days

In 1933 Vicky asked the Department of Commerce to change her address from Roosevelt Field Hotel. This was adjacent to the flying field. It is confusing whether Vicky learned to fly at Roosevelt Field or another school. I do know that she had a pass a temporary pass to the air field. This hotel is for pilots that flew out of the field. It was Lindbergh’s field and Amelia’s. I don’t know if Vicky knew them but I’m sure they influenced her. They became icons that influenced pilots that came after them.The Department of Commerce stated that she flew 57 hours and 35 minutes.Another record stated that she lived with my aunt, her sister-in-law at 534 Addison. Then she moved to 420 Diversey Parkway. She lived at so many places. Medical records from 1937 listed she was living with my dad at 392 Frontier.In the last her address was listed as Vicky Lederer % General Delivery, Juneau, Alaska. listed that Vicky’s worked as a waitress in Juneau. My family told me that Vicky had a flying school in that city. I don’t know the truth. I hope to get more information from the Juneau Historical Museum.

I will add more information in another post. Vicky’s life was such a mystery to me. I am trying to find the truth. If I don’t her life will remain an interesting mystery.

Was Vicky happy?

I imagine she was not happy. Her first marriage ended and then her second husband walked out. I think that she was finally happy when she married her third husband.

When Vicky was with the elite she wasn’t enjoying anything. When she was traveling she still wasn’t happy. Even in her flying days happiness eluded her, It wasn’t until I found the pictures of Vicky with her third husband that I saw her smiling.

Money doesn’t always bring happiness…love does.