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Rum Point: 1957

Rum Point: 1957

July 1957. "The Whites on the bridge between Watch Island and Rum Point for morning tennis." View full size. Gelatin silver print by Toni Frissell.


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Stanford White's Progeny

Some of the subjects crossing the bridge are likely the descendants of American architect Stanford White.

Toni Frissell married into the Bacon family of New York & St. James / Head of the Harbor on Long Island. In the middle decades of the 20th century she socialized with other members of this community among whom were the Whites. The children I might speculate are Stanford White's great-grandchildren. A photo-essay by Frissell in Life, "The Splendid World of Stanford White," posed the architect's great-grandchildren in some of his opulent buildings.

Stanford White lived in St. James, NY & is buried there.

Some of Ms. Frissell's photographs of Long Island in the post war era capture the easier way of life that was still to be found there at that time. Before suburban sprawl had supplanted the potato fields & woods & the waters of Long Island Sound were still clean.

Toni Frissell died in St. James, NY at 81 in 1988.

White Family

Talk about living up to their name!

Rum Point

Morning Tennis

This could have been used to illustrate The Official Preppy Handbook!

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