Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Dinner and a Smoke

Photos by Salt Water New England














35 comments:

  1. Fantastic! Just fantastic. Didn't those of us of a certain age love this experience or maybe we had to settle for coveting it. Dream of the quality and prices of days gone by at Bean if you want, but give me this any day.

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  2. Everyone looks so nice! Miss the elegance, but the Lawn Club looks pretty much the same.

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  3. Oh, the pearls! Just lovely. Thank you for the memories!

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  4. Wow. Those are some beautiful human beings.

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  5. These black and white photos at a country club (?) are my favorites of all your pictures. I think you have shown a few in the past? More please!

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  6. Of course they were beautiful! Mom always reminds me how it was SOOOO much easier to stay thin back when Everybody Smoked. ;-)

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    1. That's the funniest thing I've read in days. Thank you, Greenfield! These photos are lovely.

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  7. I love these beautiful pictures. Every dress, dinner jacket, hair style and pieces of jewelry could be worn today. In fact, attended a wedding in September and the bride and her eight bridesmaids all had very similar hair styles. These pictures are the definition of classic.

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  8. These are truly "dreamy" photos and another one of those "What happened to us?" thoughts.

    Jacqueline

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    1. "What Happened" is we aged out of "Slightly Fitted" and became "Relaxed Fit." Long-ago "Misses" are now "Women." What CAAAAAAN you DOOOO? ;-)

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    2. So glad you're here, Greenfield! I always appreciate your shots of reality doused with humor.

      Jacqueline

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  9. Such bright young things. What I wouldn't give for a time machine.

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  10. Ah, back in the day... Such lovely memories!

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  11. Oh, I remember those clothes and the hairstyles. We were so glamorous and we didn't really appreciate it that much.

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  12. Gosh, people sure were young in those days.

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  13. Most of these photos look as if they were shot at the New Haven Lawn Club? Or, perhaps the images are just causing me to remember events like this that took place there.

    Aiken

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  14. I have the irresistible urge to know where these lovely young people are today... and how their lives have turned out. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.

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    1. I found myself wondering the same thing, Anonymous 2:12. We all age, thank God, but don't we still carry ourselves more lightly when dressed for an occasion?

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  15. These photos fill me with much sadness when I recall my own carefree days as a young pup on the “Stag List” (local bachelors summoned to escort debutants), and how much our society has changed for the worse. Everything you see depicted here in these beautiful pictures is now reviled and despised by the Alt-Left Democratic Party/ANTIFA, the loons in Academia, Hollywood, the bigoted left-wing mass media (the NYT, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, TIME, yes, even PBS, NPR – you name it). The good people portrayed in these wonderful past photos today represent everything they detest about America, and are the embodiment of their hatred of “White Privilege.” Such a tragedy.

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    1. Why so bitter? I'm sure I'LL be sorry I asked.

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    2. It fills me with so much sadness when I recall how nice it was to read these posts and enjoy these pictures on SWNE without sophomoric old-man right-wing political rants dumbing them down, from readers who secretly believe the rest of us are dying to share in their #MAGA issues.

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    3. Anonymous at 12:26 PM: CORRECTION: This should read "old-gentleman." Thank you.

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    4. Ah, yes; the loons in academia. We should have a conversation about what is HAPPENING to our universities? Bastions of classical learning and timeless tradition seem to be parting the ways with Reality itself! Muffy, do you dare? Should be some GREAT conversation!

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    5. Most of the folks apparently obsessed with the so-called "left wing takeover" or "our" universities and their alleged "parting the ways with Reality itself" enjoy the most casual possible relationship with either education, or reality. Seriously, it would be so great if you people would go get a room of your own and stop boring the rest of us on SWNE with your nonsense. We come here to see Muffy's pictures and read her words, not your hijacking of the page with your Fox News-level ranting.

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    6. Sir, no "old-gentleman" would share his odious politics uninvited on a lady's blog. Most gentlemen (of any age) realize how infra-dig behavior like yours actually is.

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  16. Anonymous 12:24 AM: Why be sorry for asking? Sounds like you're taking the first steps towards blissful enlightenment according to the Gospel of St. Robert.

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    1. I understand what you're saying, Robert. I feel a vague sadness in looking at these beautiful photos--something deeper than mere nostalgia.

      Jacqueline

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    2. Agreed, sadness and I miss decency. But, ah, the pearls, always pearls. scotmiss

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    3. Yes, decency. Enough of showing excess cleavage (top and bottom).

      Jacqueline

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  17. Just beautiful! Would love to go to a party like that now!

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  18. You all should keep in mind that these photos are from around fifty years ago, maybe a little more. Fifty years before then would have been before World War One. Think about what you would have seen then.

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  19. Funny, just watching market news where retail store stocks are generally going south. Wall Street commentary "clothes are not that important anymore". Our society has emphasized to generations of children that appearance with respect to people should not equal worth. Somewhere that message was derailed; good grooming, style and of course those telling attributes, etiquette knowledge & good manners are all evidenced in these wonderful photos. We are unlikely to go back to powdered wigs, but I think the pendulum will swing back. The most recent formal deb party with cumberbunds, corsages and courtly customs I went to was in Hong Kong; the Vienna Opera Ball!

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    1. A recent article in the local paper, The Washington Post, pointed out that the very expensive clothing of some accused cad, whose name shall not be mentioned because I don't remember it, was neither a reflection of fashion or good taste but rather a simple display of arrogant wealth. It was intended to communicate the importance as well as the worth of the person wearing the clothes. One could say that cost is no indication of worth.

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