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America First: Howard Major at Palm Beach

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America First: Howard Major at Palm Beach Architect Howard Major was Palm Beach’s leading advocate for an American-based classical building style during the post-WW I boom when Spanish and Italian reproductions became commonplace. Foreshadowing today’s “America First” populist sentiment, Major believed a mix of Old World styles should never... READ MORE
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Aristocratic Artist: Albert Herter at Palm Beach

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Aristocratic Artist: Albert Herter at Palm Beach “Well, Albert Herter simply has no right to exist. To begin with, he was born to wealth and social position; he is handsome and attractive in manner, and he has exceptional talent. You see, his career knocks the props from under those accepted saws about the impetus of […]... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary: From Georgetown To Old Town

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It’s a New York Social Diary tradition each year for this column to feature the festive holiday decorations of the homes in Georgetown, the capital’s well-preserved historic neighborhood that was founded in 1751 and once served as a port. The residential area is one of the prettiest places to stroll during the holidays. This year we add [... READ MORE
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Resort Life, Chapter XXXVIII: January 1970 – December 1970 Palm Beach + Boca Grande + Down East + Brittany + Ireland

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On New Year’s Day 1970, maestro Leopold Stokowski was visiting Palm Beach. Soviet ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin was due for a vacation at The Breakers. Dina Merrill and Cliff Robertson were put up at Mar-a-Lago. Alvin and Lilly Fuller were ensconced in their new Chinese-style house with a ten-tier pagoda by the pool.  During the holidays... READ MORE
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Resort Life, Chapter XXXIII: August – December 1967 Down East + Palm Beach + Naples + Virgin Islands

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By 1967, Brooke Astor had already made a name for herself.  Following her short-lived five-and-one-half year marriage to Vincent Astor, and his ensuing death in 1959, she spent the next more than four decades dispensing as much as $200 million.  As head of the Astor Foundation, she became New York’s most generous godmother. Having transforme... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary Remaking History: Paris Singer & the Everglades Club, 1918-1932

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No matter how thorough Palm Beach’s past was documented, filtering fact from fiction can prove a daunting task to anyone interested in exploring the resort’s hybrid genre of reality. Time and again, social historians must rely on revised memoirs, third wives, feuds, after-dinner speakers, hearsay, and deadline items dashed off by Cholly Knicke... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social History

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Our Palm Beach members want quick action and thrills, roulette and hazard. Card games are not thrilling.” –The Beach Club, Palm Beach, 1913. “ … Go to Palm Beach, which is not exclusive, but merry, sumptuous and expensive and where there is a chance to meet many prominent men in the gambling rooms …” –Advice […]... READ MORE
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Philadelphia in Palm Beach, Part I

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We are taking today off to continue to optimize the back end of the new site. In the meantime, please enjoy Part 1 of Augustus Mayhew’s series on Philadelphian Ellen Glendinning (first published on these pages in 2011), who kept an extensive diary where she recorded and photographed the life around her family and friends; a chronological scrapboo... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary – Katherine And David Bradley: A Cut Above

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When I look back over the archives of three years of writing the Washington Social Diary there are two names that stand out: Katherine Brittain Bradley and David G. Bradley. Not only have I written a lot of stories that centered on one or another of their cocktail and dinner parties, but with each story there’s a […]... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary’s countryside getaway – Blackberry Farm: Sleep Away Camp for Rich People

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Oh, to be a lottery winner, Goldman-Sachs executive or newly rich! I would peel off a wad of fresh green and jet back to the even greener hills of Tennessee and the pastoral fields at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains. I would be pampered, but with a veneer of roughing it: good food, […]... READ MORE
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Washington Social Diary: The White Out

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The Washington blizzard of last weekend was dense and intense, and even beautiful, but the white out of the last 24 hours was brutal and a challenge even for those skilled in winter weather extremes. This was not a storm made of only fat flakes falling heavily from the sky. It had the heavy snowfall […]... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: Another Look at Lost Palm Beach

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“We were so young and gay then and we thought we had all the money in the world. It will be sad if the great houses vanish and the Mizner period becomes only a memory and part of Palm Beach’s past rather than its present.” — Billie Burke Despite the heart-felt sentiment, many of the Mizner […]... READ MORE

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