Ziegfeld Follies Print

Mary C. Wills, our customer’s Great-Grandmother, wearing a peacock costume designed by Flo Ziegfeld.  We don’t know a lot about Mary, she was C.H. Wills' 2nd wife, Wills designed the Wills Sainte Claire car in Marysville, Michigan from 1921-1927.  C.H. Wills had been with Henry Ford, where metallurgy was his specialty. Wills introduced vanadium steel for the production of the Ford Model T; it was the first the large scale application of the alloy. Wills was also a designer and is credited with designing the script "Ford Blue Oval" emblem that the company uses to this day.

Wills left Ford on his own terms and with a sizeable severance package of more than 1.5 million dollars, which he used to establish his own car company he originally named "Wills Saint Clair" – Wills for himself and "Saint Clair" for the Saint Clair River near which his new factory was located. Wills later added the extra e's, thinking that it elevated the cachet of the product.


Frank Scott Clark was a prominent artist/photographer in Detroit.

Photographer/Publisher Dundas Todd wrote of Clark that:
"Frank Scott Clark is one of the most consummate stylists in portraiture whom the American school has ever possessed.  His portraits have a supreme interest as examples of dignified design from which all the other trivialities have been eliminated and in which the great salient facts are stated with perfect appreciation of their value. His sense of form, too, is as true as his feeling for tone, so that there is no flaw in the harmony of his work, and there is no direction in which he fails to make his artistic intentions perfectly intelligible.  No doubt Clark owes much to his love of art. He has always been somewhat of a painter, and not later than a month ago, as we sat on the sunlit lawn that surrounds his little corner cottage, he expressed the desire to abandon photography and to take up painting, largely for pleasure's sake but seriously I looked at him, doubtful at the moment whether he really meant it. And as I gazed at his calm, strong and gentle face, on which the struggles of a long career have left no trace, but on which it is easy to make out, behind the gentleness, a resolute will that nothing can discourage, I realized that Clark would be successful in whatever he would earnestly undertake, while his strong, healthy frame would help him to be equal to many more years of work. The quiet enthusiasm, the persistent seeking after truth, the absence of affectation which distinguished the whole of his production, have made Frank Scott Clark an artist in the fullest meaning of the word. His work will always express a noble singleness of aim and the observations and beliefs of a man who went his own way."


Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., popularly known as "Flo" Ziegfeld, was an American Broadway impresario, notable for his series of theatrical revues, the Ziegfeld Follies (1907–1931), inspired by the Folies Bergère of Paris. He also produced the musical Show Boat. He was known as the "glorifier of the American girl." Flo Ziegfeld is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame.