Philadelphia-Palm Beach-Watch Hill cosmopolitan Ellen Glendinning Frazer focused her camera on the private lives of society’s most extraordinary personalities, making for an entertaining biographical chronicle of the faces and places often regarded as America’s social aristocracy. With her first husband Persifor Frazer III remarried and ensconced at Newport, her daughter at Miss Porter’s, and her two sons at the Brooks School and Eaglebrook School, Mrs. Glendinning Frazer pursued the fashionable pleasures of a sporting life with her family and friends.
Here are some snaps from 1938 season in Palm Beach, a week at Medway Plantation, and the Southampton wedding of her Philadelphia pals, Beatrice Patterson and Rodman Wanamaker II.
10 January 1938 – 14 February 1938
Casa dei Leoni
450 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach
Lunch with Marjorie and Bob Wilson
Vita Serena, 105 Clarendon Avenue
“Fishing for a day with Hunter and Edgar Marston.”
Luncheon & Swim with Dolly and Jay O’Brien
Villa El Sarmiento, 140 South Ocean Boulevard
A Walk on Worth Avenue and Lunch at the Everglades Club
Rhumba Night at Isabel Dodge Sloane’s house
Concha Marina. 102 Jungle Road
Swim and Luncheon with Gertrude Sanford Legendre
John Sanford house, Villa Marina, North Ocean Boulevard
Swim and Luncheon with Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt
Eastover, 1100 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan
27 April 1938 – 3 May 1938
A week with Sidney and Gertrude Legendre
Medway Plantation, South Carolina
19 August 1938
The Beatrice Patterson – Rodman Wanamaker II Wedding & Reception
Duneside, Gin Lane, Southampton
Photographs are from the Collection of Lucius Ordway Frazer.