Throwback Thursday | Making the World’s Largest One-Egg Omelet

In a 1923 publicity stunt, the master chief of the Ambassador Hotel makes a giant omelet using a single ostrich egg from the Cawston Ostrich Farm

PHOTO: South Pasadena Public Library | News | Actress Helen Jerome Eddy arrives in Los Angeles (1923)

Actress Helen Jerome Eddy flew to Los Angeles from her home in Santa Barbara. She was met at the airport by Herbert Vatcher, superintendent of the Cawston Ostrich Farm and his son Herbert Vatcher Jr.

Eddy began her acting career during the silent film era and appeared in such films as Strike Up the Band and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

South Pasadena Public Library | Eddy and Vatcher Jr. pose with an ostrich egg at the Cawston Ostrich Farm, South Pasadena (1923)
PHOTO: South Pasadena Public Library | News | Eddy poses with Vatcher, Jr. comparing an ostrich egg to a chicken egg
PHOTO: South Pasadena Public Library | News | Cawston Ostrich Farm, South Pasadena (1923)

Later in the day, Eddy assists the Ambassador Hotel’s master chef in making a giant omelet with an ostrich egg from the Cawston Ostrich Farm. The publicity stunt involves cracking open the enormous egg using a large two-headed hammer.

Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas


Rick Thomas
Author Rick Thomas is the former museum curator and vice-chair of education for the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation. He served on the South Pasadena Natural Resources Commission, helping to maintain a strict policy protecting the city’s great old-growth trees. Using touchstone photographs from his own collection—one of the San Gabriel Valley’s largest accumulations of historical images and artifacts—as well as national, state, and local historical archives, Thomas provides a window to his city’s past and an understanding of why its preservation is so important.


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