Oldfield the Actor

This brief item from the Indianapolis Star mentions that Barney Oldfield was acting in the Broadway Play, "The Vanderbilt Cup." The article was published on February 6, 1906 and describes Oldfield's visit to that year's edition of the annual Chicago Automobile Show. It is reported that a large crowd followed him on his tour of the exhibits. Most importantly this pins down a specific time frame during which Oldfield participated in the play. He developed a special effect for an on-stage scene of him racing his Green Dragon, complete with a treadmill and bags of dust. His long-time buddy and business partner Tom Cooper appeared with him, driving another car.

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