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A look back: Palm Beach in 1913

Palm Beach Life magazine welcomes the 1913 social season: “The dawn of another season finds Palm Beach more beautiful than ever, and the glorious sunshiny days are enchanting to the many visitors who left their northern homes in snow and bitter cold. The Breakers opened its doors Christmas Eve, as usual, with many of its annual visitors just waiting for that day to come. President Taft and his party, returning from the Canal trip, were among the early guests, and many other well-known people are staying there for the winter.”

Other “distinguished visitors” include Rockefellers, Pullmans, McLeans and Drexel Biddles.

The sporting section includes news of golf, baseball, fishing, bathing (in the pool and in the surf), and the latest in dance, “the dancing particularly being of a decidedly gymnastic nature, with the 1913 innovations of turkey trotting, bunny hugging, chicken flipping, alligator wiggling, hippopotamus wabbling, and the tango.”

Palm Beach Life, Jan. 21, 1913

Other diversions are listed in the Daily Program: midday and evening concerts on The Breakers porch, upcoming golf tournaments, and excursions to Miami and “all points on Lake Worth, including Munyon’s Island, the Houseboat, Bethesda-by-the-Sea and Pineapple Plantation.”

Palm Beach Daily Program Jan. 21, 1913

“Long auto trip from Boston to Palm Beach” was a front-page headline in the Jan. 21, 1913 issue of the Palm Beach Daily News. The Boyntons of Wollaston, Mass., “completed one of the most notable automobile trips ever made in this country, covering 2,600 miles in a four-cylinder White car.”

Palm Beach Daily News, Jan. 21, 1913

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Posted in Flashback blog January 21, 2013 at 6:00 am.

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  1. Awesome, that you could Digg up all this information and news article, i loved reading it :)


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