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Oil Swells: The Standard Oil Crowd in Palm Beach

Social History
Augustus Mayhew’s now classic history “Oil Swells: The Standard Oil Crowd in Palm Beach” around the turn of the 19th century to the 20th, when the new industry was comparable to the tech industry around the turn of the 20th to the 21st. La plus ca change ..... READ MORE
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Timeless Palm Beach: Spanish Revival at El Bravo Park

Social History
Palm Beach Social Diary. Augustus Mayhew takes us on an historical tour of a famous Palm Beach mansion in Bravo Park, built in 1930 and completely restored by its present owners... READ MORE
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Best Friends: Jewish Society in Old Palm Beach

Social History
Augustus Mayhew reminds us of the social heritage of Palm Beach in its creation, many of the prominent Jewish leaders of New York who winter there and who were the original backers of the clubs — all of them... READ MORE
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The 20th Century Limited

Social History
We re-visit Michael Grace’s history of the 20th Century Limited train that ran between New York and Chicago, known as the “train of tycoons and stars.” And you’ll wish you could travel that way!... READ MORE
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This Was Then: The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Dinner with D.V.”

Social History
A piece of New York fashion history, a page out of only yesterday, Mary Hilliard’s report on the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum’s “Dinner With DV” (Diana Vreeland) on December 7, 1987... READ MORE
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Guardian Spirit: Newport Legacy of Doris Duke

Social History
A curator and art historian’s visit to the fabled heiress’ Newport, Rhode Island mansion, every inch defining its possessor’s taste and sensibility... READ MORE
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Kate Coleman and the Diamond Horseshoe

Social History
Kate Coleman, the ladies maid at the original Metropolitan Opera House from 1888 to 1919, heard more than 20,000 hours of music (Caruso, Toscanini, and Puccini to name a few) and saw the world of society come and go... READ MORE
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A Debutante’s Diary, Part II: 1920-1921 From Engagement to Honeymoon to First Born

Social History
Take a trip with your imagination to another place, another time, a moment in history in someone’s life when everything was not only all right, but fabulous, in Part Il of Ellen Ordway’s photo memoir, “A Debutante’s Diary, Part II, 1920-1921." ... READ MORE
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A Debutante’s Diary, Part I: 1919-1920

Social History
Returning to Ellen Glendinning Frazer Ordway, whose photo memoir began with her 1919-1920 coverage “A Debutante’s Diary, Part I” of young of Society making their debuts... READ MORE
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The Last Voyage of the SS Ile de France

Social History
Re-visiting Scott Houston McBee’s tour of the fallen SS Ile de France, launched in 1926 with a maiden voyage on June 22, 1927 from Le Havre to New York and still considered one of the most beautifully decorated ocean liners built by the French Line... READ MORE
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Hetty Green: The Woman Who Loved Money

Social History
Reviewing the amazing life of the Wicked Witch of Wall Street, Hetty Green, the woman who loved money... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social Diary: Estee Lauder’s PB era

Across the Nation
Forever Young: Estee Lauder’s Palm Beach era Helen Boehm invited Estee out to Wellington for an afternoon at the polo matches when Helen said she told Estee: “You should sponsor a polo team; it would be good for business.” According to Helen, Estee replied, “But what if my team didn’t win.” “MAD MEN” is back... READ MORE

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