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My Great Uncle Eric’s wife Babs Tyrrell-Martin. Eric Tyrrell-Martin was captain of the English polo team. I can’t believe they were friends with Carole Lombard and Mary Duncan the Hollywood actresses. I wonder if I have some glamorous relatives in America. One day I would like to go to California it looks such fun.

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Mary Duncan Sanford and Babs Tyrrell-Martin grace this photo, most probably taken during the 12th competition for the Westchester Cup, in 1939 at Meadow Brook, Long Island, where the best polo players of the U.S. and the U.K. were competing for a trophy first put up for grabs in 1886.

On the left, Mary Sanford. As Mary Duncan, she starred on Broadway, went to Hollywood and appeared in 16 films, including 1931’s Five and Ten with Marion Davies. It was Davies who introduced Mary to Stephen “Laddie” Sanford after a polo match in Santa Barbara. Sanford, whose Hurricanes won the U.S. Open Polo Championship five times in three different decades, had appeared on the cover of Time magazine, hung out with Cole Porter, summered on the French Riviera, and was heir to the Bigelow-Sanford carpet fortune. In 1933, Mary gave up her acting career and married Laddie. They settled…

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