The photograph is a publicity still for Rudolph Valentino's
last film "The Son of the Sheik". The Hollywood star
and sex symbol was in his prime when he took ill suddenly during
a personal appearance tour with the film and died on August 23,
1926. After Valentino's death, the ranch acquired a wax figure
of Valentino wearing a costume from the film and displayed it
in a showcase along with Jadaan's saddle, blanket, gold breast
collar, bridle and reins. Jadaan went on to appear in a number
of other movies during the 1920s and 1930s. After Jadaan was
destroyed in 1945, his skeleton was used by the College of Agriculture
and later the School of Veterinary Medicine Anatomy Department
at the University of California Davis.
For more information consult the article: "Jadaan,
The Sheik and the Cereal Baron" by Walter H. Roeder
in The Cal Poly Scholar, vol.1, (fall 1988) p.99-103.