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THE SUPER CHIEF – “THE TRAIN OF THE STARS”

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From the late 1930s to the 1950s, Hollywood adopted the Super Chief as the primary mode of travel as well as the subject of novels and motion pictures. In MGM’s The Hucksters, a brutal satire on the ad industry, Clark Gable says to another character: “Only talent agents and kept woman ride the Chief. But […]... READ MORE
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SS Andrea Doria

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I was initially drawn to the Andrea Doria at the age of 14 after reading the book, Collision Course, by Alvin Moscow. The book tells of the Andrea Doria’s birth, her brief but glorious life, and her tragic end, in the summer of 1956. To me the Andrea Doria embodied the hope and optimism that Italy was searching for after the War. I w... READ MORE
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This Was Then

Social History
The date was December 7, 1987. New York was at the height of its “Nouvelle Society.” The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art was holding its annual fundraiser. The evening was called “Dinner with D.V.” Diana Vreeland had joined the museum to organize exhibitions for the Costume Institute in 1971 after being unceremoniously... READ MORE
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This Was Then

Social History
Friday, October 5, 2018. Yesterday was a warm early autumn day in New York with lots of Sun, and some clouds too, and temperatures in the mid- to upper-70s. Although not humidly uncomfortable. There was a brief shower in the early afternoon that left the evening streets shining under the streetlamps and in the headlights. Today […]... 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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This Was Then

Social History
One of the most popular society of fashion photographers in New York of the past quarter century has been Mary Hilliard. Mary started her career after her marriage and her children got to a certain age. Coming from the same part of town in life as many of her subjects, she may have been the […]... READ MORE
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Yesterday’s La Coquille Club

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Because today’s La Coquille Club has been so magnificently recast for nearly the past twenty years as part of The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach in Manalapan, memories have nearly vanished of the original club’s ambience and attraction. By recalling its legacy with the few available images, the vision of its founder, Rockefeller scion, Spelma... READ MORE
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Envisioning Palm Beach: The Addison Mizner Collection at The Society of the Four Arts

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Architect Addison Mizner’s extensive library, volumes that span three centuries, and his design diaries — scrapbooks filled with sketches, watercolors, photographs and ephemera — are noteworthy aspects of the decorative arts collections at The Society of the Four Arts, reflecting Mizner’s influential status as a professional architect and... READ MORE
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Garden Grandeur endures at Casa Phippsberger

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In Palm Beach, where escapist landscapes borrowed from English rose gardens, French parterres, Spanish cloisters and Tuscan courtyards amplify the surreal allure of streets lined with imported architectural facades, Casa Phippsberger’s tropical splendor is a welcome relief, a six-acre sanctuary inspired by the barrier island’s own natural histo... READ MORE
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The 20th Century Limited

Social History
RED CARPET TREATMENT STARTED WITH THE 20TH CENTURY LIMITED –TRAIN OF TYCOONS AND STARS THAT RAN NIGHTLY BETWEEN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO  Have you wondered where the much-overused phrase “the red carpet treatment” originated? It all started with the 20th Century Limited. The “Century” was an express passenger train operated by the New York C... 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

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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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