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Sarah Story

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And so to designer Sarah Story, Texan by way of Japan, Singapore and California, and living proof of all the contradictions therein. Much of her design work is by inspired by the aesthetic of the Far East but her laugh … oh the laugh, it stopped us in our tracks … is it inspired by […]... READ MORE
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Philadelphia in Palm Beach: Part V, 1938-1939

Social History
Watch Hill – Middleburg – Palm Beach During the carefree summer of 1938 Watch Hill Beach Club and the Misquamicut Golf Club members sharpened their backhands and refined their putts, unsuspecting of the looming disaster from the late September hurricane that would devastate their idyllic resort. But however much the Great Hurricane of 1938, as ... READ MORE
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Philadelphia in Palm Beach: Part IV, 1938

Social History
Philadelphia-Palm Beach-Watch Hill cosmopolitan Ellen Glendinning Frazer focused her camera on the private lives of society’s most extraordinary personalities, making for an entertaining biographical chronicle of the faces and places often regarded as America’s social aristocracy. With her first husband Persifor Frazer III remarried and... READ MORE
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Philadelphia in Palm Beach: Part III, 1935-1938, cont.

Social History
January 1936 Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Scottsdale January 1936 Montecito February 1936 Arizona Inn, Tucson February 1936 Castle Hot Springs, Arizona Hacienda De La Osa Sasabe, Arizona November 1936 Hindenburg PALM BEACH February 1937 April 1937 Luncheon at the Wolcott Blairs April 1937 A night class in photography April 1937 Du Pont house party, Newt... READ MORE
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Philadelphia in Palm Beach: Part III, 1935-1938

Social History
Tea in Chestnut Hill with Mrs. Albert (Rebecca) Pancoast, mother-in-law of Joseph Widener, a weekend hunt at Gertrude “Gertie” Sanford Legendre’s Medway Plantation, cocktails and dinner with Cornelius Vanderbilt “Sonny” Whitney and Kay Denckla at the Arizona Desert School, lunch with Amory and Dolly Carhart on Fishers ... READ MORE
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Philadelphia in Palm Beach: Part II, 1931-1935, cont.

Social History
Chicago, June 1933 In Chicago for a Garden Club meet and a party at Marion McKinlock’s, Ellen Frazer visited the International Exposition. Chestnut Hill, 1933-1935 Amidst the Wood, Field and Stream, 1934. January-March, 1935. El Paso, Tucson, Scottsdale, and Palm Springs. Before heading to Palm Beach in late March and April, Ellen Frazer and ... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary: San Francisco Asian Art Museum Trip: Part I

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SHANGHAI — I was in Shanghai when the San Francisco Museum of Asian Art delegation came to Shanghai (its sister city since 1980), and I was delighted to join them for a few busy days. I like to report on various museum’s trips to China, as it highlights what is happening in the art and […]... READ MORE
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Part II: Grand Hotels in the Italian Lake District: Lake Como’s Uncommon Allure

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Before setting off for a week in Menaggio, we had planned only two days at the Hotel Metropole-Suisse in Como. We might have stayed a week had we realized the “City of Silk’s” wealth of architectural gems. Often heralded mostly for its immense Gothic cathedral, Como offers a walled medieval maze of streets, an attractive […]... READ MORE
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Venetian Heritage as seen by Mary Hilliard

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Venetian Heritage, one of the intrepid groups which raises money for preservation and restoration in Venice, Italy, held a gala event there for a few beautifully sunny days in early June. Their scheduled activities for the 200 or so guests coincided with the opening of the Biennale, the much discussed and often maligned, but nevertheless […]... READ MORE
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Philadelphia in Palm Beach: Part II, 1931-1935

Social History
Philadelphia in Palm Beach: Part II, 1931-1935 In March New York Social Diary featured the first part of a series Philadelphia in Palm Beach: 1920-1931 adapted from Ellen Glendinning Frazer Ordway’s voluminous biographical scrapbook of photographs. For this next chapter, I perused the more than 3,000 images Ellen Frazer compiled in a six-volu... READ MORE
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Grand Hotels in the Italian Lake District

Travel
However much the Italian Lakes District is culturally set apart from the more well-traveled museum-saturated Venice-Florence-Rome-Naples route, the region’s breathtaking scenery, invigorating alpine air, virtuoso villas, and splendid gardens are as enthralling as any Botticelli or Tintoretto. While the tradition of the European Grand Tour dated b... READ MORE
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Vicente Wolf

House
We were shown in to Vicente Wolf’s loft apartment in the Garment District by his housekeeper and then encouraged to wander … we just turned to each other and said ‘I could move in immediately!’ How easy this interview was going to be with someone whose design sensibility resonated with our own taste! So it […]... READ MORE