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Jane Sanford and Mario Pansa

By mchughck
Posted on 21 January 2014 | 7:28 pm — 

Gertrude’s sister, Sarah Jane (“Janie”) Cochran Sanford, married Italian diplomat, Mario Pansa, in 1937. Pansa played polo with Stephen Sanford, and served as a social adviser to Benito Mussolini before and during World War II. Below are images of the couple, as well as images from Mario’s time in fascist Italy and Germany during WWII.

We are still in the process of identifying some of the men in these photographs. If you recognize someone, let us know (mchughck@cofc.edu)!

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Jane (left) and Mario Pansa

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The Pansa’s wedding invitation and portrait

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Jane golfing in Palm Beach, Florida

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Mario and his polo team

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Mario with his elephant trophy, 1930

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June 1943. Benito Mussolini (in white), Mihai Antonescu, Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, (2nd from right) Mario Pansa (6th from left), others unidentified

 

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June 1943. Mihai Antonescu, Mussolini (center), and Pansa (second from center), others unidentified

 

 

 

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Mihai Antonescu, June 1943

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June 1943. Mihai Antonescu, others unidentified

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June 1943. Benito Mussolini (right), Mihai Antonescu (left)

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June 1943. Benito Mussolini (right), Mihai Antonescu (left)

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Galeazzo Ciano (center), Foreign Minister of Fascist Italy from 1936 until 1943 and Benito Mussolini’s son-in-law.

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June 1943. Mihai Antonescu (center), Mario Pansa (front left), others unidentified

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