Madeleine Marie Louise Chevrillon Saint-René Taillandier was a woman of letters and French philanthropist. Sister of André Chevrillon and niece of Hippolyte Taine, she married the diplomat Georges Saint-René Taillandier. In 1920, Edith Wharton asked her to translate her novel The Age of Innocence. Her book,The Soul of the CRB (original En France et Belgique envahies: Les soirées de la C.R.B.(1919) features a main character named Daisy Folk, a flattering version of a charming American who has lived and studied in France, plays violin and quotes Goethe as she mesmerizes those around her. Sound familiar? It should, she was close friends with Daisy Polk.
The book describes four Americans and four French enjoying a dinner and philosophically discussing the arrival of America into the War. CRB stands for Committee for Belgian Relief, and she has slightly changed the character names to give her poetic license in telling the story, Excerpted here.
It was a woman's voice, clear and full, with a ringing American accent. It was Daisy Folk - "our Daisy," as we called her, who had been in France for two years, one of the first emissaries from the friendship of America. And if we had sometimes doubted, she, Daisy, had always believed, destroyed by fire, a tiny village of Lorraine, on the edge of the forest of Parroy. A generous friend had
Nothing is more fun than digging around the Internet and finding a research gem! This week there have been plenty. Today's find comes from the National Archives, a virtual treasure trove of fun. I was looking for footage of Nancy, Luneville and Vitrimont during World War I. Well I found it! And in a search for General DeBuyer I also found Daisy and Herbert Hoover visiting the Citroen Munitions Plant. She was referred to as Madame La General.
So I found what I didn't know I was looking for ... film of Daisy! It's silent, so don't fiddle with your volume. It starts with an overview of the lunch break, then pans to show the VIP table of visitors at about 1:10.
I also did find plenty of footage of the areas around Vitrimont during the time Daisy was there. Stay tuned! This film is amazing too. For motion-graphic geeks: I added the titles, did some other edits and slowed it down in Premier. In the original they were all jumping around like bunnies.
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Here's where this came from! https://catalog.archives.gov/id/24992