Blanche Brookes 1872-1959

The daughter of my great grandfather's cousin.

Blanche, daughter of Warwick Brookes 1843-1929, the Oxford Road, Manchester photographer, married Eugen Sandow, <Click>, a pioneer of body building and a great show man of the time. <Click>. They were married at Manchester Cathedral and Florenz Ziegfeld, of The Ziegfeld Follies fame, <Click> was their best man! Their home in Holland Park, London, has a blue plaque on the wall outside commemorating their life there. (See Sandow's page). Their marriage produced two daughters, Lorraine and Helen.

Before she married, worked as a photographer's assistant for her father. Brookes took many promotional photographs for Sandow.

Above: From the Cathedral register, her father, and Flo Ziegfeld Jnr. were witnesses. William MacDonald Sinclair <Click> Archdeacon of London, married them.

The wedding photograph....

Top row left: Warwick Brookes, brother of the bride, centre, William MacDonald Sinclair, Blanche, and the boy at the bottom, possibly her brother Gordon Byron. Sandow is to the right of Blanche. Father of the bride, Warwick Brookes, photographer, is possibly far left below his son Warwick - unconfirmed. Flo Ziegfeld Jnr. between Sandow and Sinclair, also unconfirmed.