What are the “Whitney Colors?”?

In the play Guys and Dolls (jr.) which takes place in the late ’40’s to early ’50’s with Fedora’s and Pill Box hats, it mentions the “Whitney Colors” and nobody can seem to know! Thanks!

2 Answers

  • guess who at large
    1 month ago

    Hi! The Whitneys were/are a famous society family that, among other things, owned and raced horses. The connection with “Guys and Dolls” would be one with horse racing. The Whitney colors are a reference to the Whitney’s horseracing colors which are said to have been green and white.


    The Whitney colors are white and green, the livery colors of the Whitney family. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney founded the Whitney Museum, when the Metropolitan Museum declined her collection of over 500 works. It now has the largest collection of American art. In one of (Damon) Runyon’s stories (“Pick the Winner”), the prototype for Adelaide, Miss Cutie Singleton, longs for a green and white house. [Nathan, II, iv]




    The Whitney’s:


  • Scott
    6 days ago

    thanks for the answer above…researching for the role myself. So obscure now for today s audiences, but 995 of the script is, thankfully, timeless..

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