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Guardian Spirit: Newport Legacy of Doris Duke

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Resort Life: Chapter XXX, May 1966 – September 1966

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The Ritz, The Rolls & Rendezvous on the Rocks: Re-visiting Ellen Glendinning’s fabulous photo album from a Labor Day Weekend in Northeast Harbor 53 years ago in 1966... READ MORE
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THE OLD FALL RIVER LINE: NIGHT BOATS FROM NEW YORK TO BOSTON

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Leaving New York for a holiday, or business, for nearly a century it was the old Fall River Line, night boats from New York to Boston could make you wish for the ticket and the ride especially today. A trip and reported by Michael Grace taking us down history’s memory lane... READ MORE
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Mrs. Post’s Mar-a-Lago

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A look back on the creation of Mar-a-Lago by Marjorie Meriweather Post Hutton, the biggest, most fantastic house in Palm Beach built in the heyday of the Roaring Twenties, now the property of the President of the United States, as its owner intended... READ MORE
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Palm Beach Social History: High Rollers: Gambling on Palm Beach

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We re-visit Augustus Mayhew’s High Rollers: Gambling on Palm Beach — a wondrous, fascinating history of another time and another world... READ MORE
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The Gilded Cage: Tragedy at Palm Beach

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“Men who club women and drag them by their hair,” were simply “clumsy, old-fashioned and unchic,” declared society referee Igor Cassini in his August 1949 syndicated column Cavemen in the Blue Book. Reflecting on the post-WW II era’s tolerance for domestic assault, the article’s perspective on “slaphappy lovebirds” and “the little... READ MORE

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