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The SS Ile de France

Social History
The SS Ile de France was built in for the French shipping company, Compagnie Generale Transatlantique (known commercially as The French Line) at a cost of $10,000,000. Her construction began in1925 at the Penhoet shipyards in Saint-Nazaire, France. She was the first major liner built after World War I. She was launched on March 14,1926. […]... READ MORE
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Best Friends: Jewish Society in Old Palm Beach

Social History
“Radiogram for Mr. Baruch.” “Mr. Seligman, your guests have arrived.” “Telephone call for Mr. Goldwyn.” “Mr. Kaufman, your table is ready.” “Mr. Gershwin is at the center table in the Orange Gardens.” These may be the last names you would expect to hear from behind the walls of the Everglades Club or the Bath & […]... READ MORE
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The tragic life of the Corsair IV

Social History
J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined his yacht Corsair IV being converted into a deluxe cruise ship whose short career would end in tragedy but it happened. J.P. Morgan Jr. and his legendary business tycoon father, J. Pierpont Morgan, owned four yachts christened Corsair, and built three of them. Each yacht was bigger, […]... READ MORE
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Mystery of The Greystone Mansion Murders

Social History
Greystone, the Doheny mansion which sits on the hillside above Doheny Road on the eastern edge of Beverly Hills is now a park, so named officially in 1971.When it was built,in the late 1920s, it was the second largest house (56,000 square feet) in California after Hearst’s  castle at San Simeon. In the 1920s, all of […]... READ MORE

The Woman Who Loved Money

Social History
The death of Brooke Astor and the controversy around her fortune reminded us of another great fortune, made a century ago in Wall Street, by a woman whose will was so iron-clad that no one but her two children ever got a cent of it, Hetty Green. The press called her “The Witch of Wall Street.”The […]... READ MORE
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Sheila Bridges

House
Sheila Bridges’ apartment in Harlem is spacious, airy and elegant, so it is easy to see why this area is becoming so sought after (the north end of the Park was only a couple of blocks away). Irritable signs on the doorways of apartment buildings shoo away potential stoop sitters, as the wealthy protect their own, […]... READ MORE