Part IX: After the War, January 1946 – March 1947
Palm Beach – Mackay Point Plantation – Bermuda – Aboard the SS America
For this series of images documenting Ellen Glendinning Frazer’s life following WW II, I have made selections from photographs depicting her return to Palm Beach at Felix and Ann du Pont’s Villa Tranquilla, a stop at George Widener’s Yemassee plantation, a trip to Bermuda, and her first of what would be several Transatlantic crossings to post-war Europe. I have done my best to transcribe Ellen’s handwritten captions below some of the photographs, placing uncertain spellings in quotes. This chapter ends with her arrival in Cherbourg on 25 March 1947 aboard the SS America. Because I became captivated by far too many images of Europe devastated by war, Ellen’s overland travels will make up the most part of the next chapter — from the Ritz in Paris to friends’ chateaus throughout France and then to Copenhagen to visit US Ambassador Josiah Marvel Jr. and his wife “Gee”(Gwladys Crosby Hopkins), who married Marvel following her divorce from CV “Sonny” Whitney.
8 February 1946
10 February 1946
Mackay Point Plantation, South Carolina
Seminole Golf Club, North Palm Beach
Society in Vogue
Villa Tranquilla, Palm Beach
19 March 1947
Aboard the SS America
“Polly Howe and I sail aboard the SS America to Cherbourg.”
Next: Part X: France, Germany, and Denmark after the War, 1947.