George Wrangell

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George Wrangell

Death 8 Jun 1969 (aged 65)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA
Plot Sect 25
Memorial ID 59188201 · View Source
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George was a Russian and Italian aristocrat and held a title of "Baron."

Coming to the U.S., he lived in New York and was a columnist for the "N.Y. Journal of American Society," as well as representing a man of accomplishment and style in "The Man in the Hathaway Shirt" -- the nationally known ad campaign created by advertising mogul David Ogilvy [see memorial] (and who,in supposition, probably met the Baron in Paris twenty years before). The Hathaway shirt ad was first published in the "New Yorker" magazine and in national newspapers in 1951, and was a huge sales success based on the premise that the male public disliked the aristocracy, but really always wanted to be one of them.

The Baron, who wore the gimmick of an intriguing black eye patch in the ads, resigned as its model in 1961.

He died of a heart attack at age 65.

Russian aristocrat and onetime New York Journal-American society columnist, who made advertising history in 1951 when he donned an eyepatch (though he had 20/20 vision) and posed as the original "man in the Hathaway shirt."


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  • Maintained by: msb
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  • Added: 25 Sep 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 59188201
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Wrangell (1 Sep 1903–8 Jun 1969), Find a Grave Memorial no. 59188201, citing Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by msb (contributor 19937462) .