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SLIM AARONS Photographer Slim Aarons (right) on board a yacht off Capri, Italy, September 1968. #2926933

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Increasingly heralded for his influence, Slim Aarons established his place in the Pantheon of great post-war photographers. It was Aarons who perfected, if not invented, the environmental portrait while photographing the international elite in their exclusive playgrounds during the jet-set decades ranging from the ‘50s to the ‘90s, carrying out his self-described mission: to document “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.”

Slim Aarons worked mainly for lifestyle publications, taking pictures of the rich and famous after serving as a photographer for the US military magazine during World War II. His work has been included in the publications Town and Country, Holiday, Harper’s Bazaar, Venture, and LIFE. Slim Aarons is internationally known for the positive portrayals he gave to the people he photographed and was invited to high-society gatherings for exactly this reason. His subject matter covered American and European society as well as nobility and both minor and major stars of the day.

ABOUT SLIM ARRONS

FINEPRINT co offers premium quality photographic prints from the Slim Aarons Archive, owned and housed by Getty Images. All photographs are printed and authorised by the Getty Images Gallery London.

Slim Aarons passed away May 29th, 2006. He was 89 years old.

Front Cover Image: McMartin Villa Guests around the pool at Elephant Walk, Duncan McMartin’s villa in Bermuda, September 1977. #95738182

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CORTINA D’AMPEZZO

PRINCESS RUSPOLI

Isa Genolini and Maria Antonia in the main street of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, March 1982. #74155625

Princess Lucy Ruspoli stands in front of a colourful wall of old skis in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, February 1979. #56929914


CAPED SKIERS Led by skimaster Stein Eriksen, skiers ‘sail’ down a slope at Snowmass-at-Aspen, Colorado, circa 1967. The skiers are wearing thin capes which attach to their wrists and billow out like sails as they ski. #52171055

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GSTAAD STATION

SKIING IN VAIL

Travellers with their skis waiting at Gstaad Station, 1961. #52043465

A group of skiers stand in line waiting for the ski lift in Vail, Colorado, USA, 1964. #745208853


LECH ICE BAR 1

LECH ICE BAR 2

Skiers enjoy a drink by the Ice Bar at the Hotel Krone in Lech, Austria, 1960. #745210703

A bartender mixes a drink for a customer at the Ice Bar at the Hotel Krone in Lech, Austria, 1960. #745209091

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SKIING IN SEEFELD

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A group of men and women go cross-country skiing in Seefeld, Austria, 1985. #745208843


SKIING IN VAIL 1

SKIING IN VAIL 2

A group of skiers stand in line waiting for the ski lift in Vail, Colorado, USA, 1964. #745210699

Skiers pass by a snow covered tree in Vail, Colorado, USA, 1964. #745210705

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HOTEL KRONE, LECH

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO

Traffic passing by the Hotel Krone in Lech, Austria, 1960. #745210707

Skiers walk up a mountain in Cortina D’Ampezzo, a ski resort in northern Italy, 1962. #79466650


SKIING IN VAIL

SKIING IN VAIL

A woman carrying skis and ski poles in Vail, Colorado, 1964. #745208845

A group of skiers standing next to snow covered trees in Vail, Colorado, USA, 1964. #745209097

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SKIING IN VAIL

SKATING WAITER

A woman wearing a fur coat and holding ski poles in Vail, Colorado, USA, 1964. #745209363

A skating cocktail waiter at the Palace Hotel in St Moritz, Switzerland, March 1978. #113912062


GASTHOF POST POOL Guests lounging by the indoor swimming pool of the Gasthof Post in Lech, Austria, February 1979. #77442712

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SNOWMASS PICNIC

VERBIER SKIERS

1967: A stand-up fondue picnic for skiers at Snowmass-at-Aspen, Colorado which has more than fifty miles of trails and snowfields. The village was opened in 1967. The ski picnic was organized by Holiday magazine, with the helicopter being used to bring up hot food. The guest list included Howard Head (1914 - 1991) of the Head Ski Company, president of IBM Thomas Watson Jr. (1914 - 1993) and his wife Olive (nee Cawley, 1918 - 2004), Norwegian Olympic skier, Stein Eriksen, and American restaurateur Armando Orsini (1923 - 2011). #2668255

Skiers at Verbier, 1964. #52043588


BUGGY ON THE BEACH

SCOTTI’S YACHT

Friends enjoy a day out driving a beach buggy in Acapulco, 1975. #745216003

Guests on board Italian Count Hannibal Scotti’s yacht, ‘Scotland Cay’, Monte Carlo harbour, Monaco, August 1981. #95738185

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ARRIVING IN STYLE

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circa 1960: Mike Phipps arriving for lunch at the Guinness house in Manalapan, Palm Beach. #3089639


A COLOURFUL CREW

COLOURFUL CREW

A group of colourfully dressed friends on board the Calypso clothing store owned boat, Bermuda, June 1970. #745216001

A group of colourfully dressed holidaymakers on a yacht, Bermuda, June 1970. #95738179

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LIDO LIFE

NICELY COIFFED

A waiter serves fruit to bathers, including socialite, Louisa del Musso (kneeling), at the Lido in Venice, Italy, 1957. #745210113

A poodle enters a barber shop on a street in Deauville, Normandy, France, 1970. #745210115

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AT THE WHEEL

CALETA BEACH, ACAPULCO

Friends enjoying a sailing holiday in the Bahamas, 1967. #745210111

A couple walk on Caleta Beach holding hands, Acapulco, Mexico, 1968. #745210117

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WAITING IN THE SHADE

POSITANO BEACH 1

A woman shelters under a parasol on a beach on the Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, 1967. #745209353

Elevated view looking down on sunbathers and parasols on the beach at Positano, Italy, 1979. #745210173


MONTE CARLO Friends board a riva boat in Monte Carlo, Monaco, 1975. #745216007

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OLIMPIA HRUSKA

SNORKELLING IN SARDINIA

Swedish model Olimpia Hruska, wearing a bikini, poses against a rock on the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, Italy, 1964. #745208851

A woman wearing a swimsuit walks into the sea holding diving flippers and a snorkel, in Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy, 1964. #766994977


OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA

MARBELLA CLUB

Guests relax by the swimming pool at John Young’s villa ‘Plantana’, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, March 1971. #968906526

A guest takes a break from the sun at the Marbella Club, Marbella, Spain, 1976. #968906400

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A HELPING HAND

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Two men assist a woman disembarking a fishing boat on Andros Island, Bahamas, 1957. #968906392


MARBELLA HOUSE PARTY

POOLSIDE IN KENYA

Guests at a party at the home of Sebastiano Bergese in Marbella, Spain,1967. #968906546

A woman sits at the edge of a swimming pool in Kenya, December 1958. #968906500

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MARIETINE BIRNIE, BLUE LAGOON

MARIETINE BIRNIE

Marietine Birnie snorkeling at the Blue Lagoon, Kemmuna (Comina), Malta, July 1959. #968910696

Marietine Birnie snorkeling at the Blue Lagoon, Kemmuna (Comina), Malta, July 1959. #968906452


MARBELLA CLUB

KASIMIR KORYBUT

Guests relax by the pool of the Marbella Club, Marbella, Spain, August 1980. #968906498

Kasimir Korybut and Michelle Vaughan begin a raft ride up the White River in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, 1971. #968906408

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SNORKELLING IN MALTA

SNORKELLING IN THE SHALLOWS

A group of people snorkelling off a small boat in Malta, 1959. #968906516

A group of people snorkelling off a small boat in Malta, 1959. #968906522


STOCKING ISLAND, BAHAMAS A high angle view of people swimming next to the ketch ‘Traveler II’ , Stocking Island, Bahamas, 1964. #968898944

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YACHTING CREW IN LYFORD CAY

LAS BRISAS

Crew members tend to the rigging while sailing in Lyford Cay, Bahamas, April 1966. #968906454

The coastline near Warren Avis’ villa in Las Brisas, Acapulco, January 1978. #84113320


ANDROS ISLAND

BERMUDA, 1957

A family enjoying a quiet beach on Andros Island, Bahamas, 1957. #968906432

A unidentified woman stands in a garden wearing a strapless blue dress, Bermuda, 1957. #968898334

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ISLAND PARADISE August 1984: Topless swimmers on a rocky promontory of the Mediterranean island of Cavallo, Corsica. #3438891

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SNORKELLING IN THE SHALLOWS

A NICE SPOT FOR LUNCH

A group of people snorkelling off a small boat in Malta, circa 1959. #745209357

A group enjoy a picnic at a rocky coastline in Bermuda, 1957. #745209093

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SARAH MARSON WILLIAMS

YACHTING IN LYFORD CAY

Sarah Marson Williams enjoys a cocktail on the beach at the Hilton Hotel, Needhams Point, Barbados, April 1976. #968906402

A group of friends enjoy a day sailing in Lyford Cay, Bahamas, April 1966. #968906464

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DOLORES DEL RIO

ANNA MARIA ALBERGHETTI

Mexican film star Dolores Del Rio (1905 - 1983, right) poses with a friend in Acapulco, Mexico, 1952. #745209095

Italian operatic singer and actress, Anna Maria Alberghetti relaxes during a break from entertaining at a local nightclub, Lake Tahoe, USA, 1959. #745208847

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ALL ABOARD

POSITANO BEACH 3

Friends board a riva boat in Monte Carlo, Monaco, 1975. #745209351

Elevated view looking down on sunbathers and parasols on the beach at Positano, Italy, 1979. #745209369

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POOLSIDE CHEZ HOLDER Guests by the pool at Albin Holder’s home in Palm Beach, Florida, May 1970. #77442826

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TOP UP?

SOCIAL CALL

1958: Swimsuited revellers enjoy a glass of wine outside the Carlton Hotel, Cannes. #3097297

Charley Weaver at the Las Brisas resort in Acapulco, Mexico, 1972. #605352845


POOL AT LAS BRISAS

POOL ON AMALFI COAST

Guests in the pool at the Las Brisas Hotel, Acapulco, Mexico, February 1972. #77440433

A view of the seaside pool at the Hotel St. Caterina, Amalfi, Italy, September 1984. #77442051

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HARBOUR AREA, PORTOFINO General view of the harbour area, crowded with small and large boats, in Portofino, Italy, 1977. #155761599

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CARIBE HILTON BEACH

BARBADOS BEACH

A woman reclining in a hammock hung between palm trees on the beach at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 1956. #72277964

Mr and Mrs Nigel van Wieck take a stroll along a beach in Barbados, April 1976. #52200181

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POOL IN PALM BEACH

EL VENERO

Bathers in and around the pool at Mrs. Murray Goodman’s house in Palm Beach, Florida, April 1985. #77442781_8

El Venero, the Moorish villa of Hector and Chico de Ayala in Marbella, Spain, 1967. #50945877

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IL CANILLE

YACHTING TRIP

Sunbathers lounge on the white-painted terrace of Il Canille, built into the rocks of Pizzolungo overlooking the waters off the coast of the island of Capri, Italy, in August 1980. Il Canille is the villa owned by Italian tailor and fashion designer Umberto Tirelli (1928-1992). #155762888

Selvaggia Borromeo wades ashore from her yacht during a holiday on the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, August 1967. #56442297

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CAVALLO COAST

CAVALLO BATHERS

August 1984: A fleet of yachts at anchor off the sunny Mediterranean island of Cavallo, Corsica. #3438896

1984, The island of Cavallo, off the coast of Corsica. #51246671

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PANTZ POOL Laura Hawk, assistant to the photographer, relaxes by the pool at El Rincon, the von Pantz’ Marbella home, September 1985. #79825185

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GREAT HARBOUR CAY

HELEN DZO DZO KAPTUR

A bather on the beach on Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas, March 1973. #95738249

Former fashion model Helen Dzo Dzo Kaptur and other guests at the Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs, California, January 1970. #605352847


HOLIDAY IN MUSTIQUE

TROPICAL MUSTIQUE

Pierre Vincent Marais and his wife Isabelle holiday with friends at Gelliceaux House, their home on the island of Mustique in the Grenadines, February 1989. #605351899

February 1989: Pierre Vincent Marais holidays with friends on the island of Mustique in the Grenadines. #3438554

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MCMARTIN VILLA Guests around the pool at Elephant Walk, Duncan McMartin’s villa in Bermuda, September 1977. #95738182

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COWARD ABROAD

BERMUDA BEACH

1953: English playwright, actor and composer Noel Coward (1899 - 1973) on holiday in Jamaica in a hired rowing boat. #3230501

A woman on a beach in Bermuda, 1957. #53438294

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KEEP YOUR COOL

MEGACHESS

Carmen Alvarez enjoying a game of backgammon with Frank ‘Brandy’ Brandstetter in a swimming pool at Acapulco. #2695027

A giant game of chess in Saint Lucia, in the Lesser Antilles, February 1993. #84113314

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HARBOUR ISLAND, BAHAMAS

FISHING ON HONEYMOON PORCH

A couple relax at the beach on Harbour Island, Bahamas, 1967. #745210175

A couple relax on a porch in Exuma, Bahamas, 1967. #745209367

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SAINT-TROPEZ

MARINA PICCOLA

Holidaymakers lounging on the deck of their luxury yacht in Saint-Tropez, France, August 1971. #475373743

Canzone del Mare at the Marina Piccola, Capri, Italy, 1954. #77440308


DECK DWELLERS General view looking down on sunbathers on the deck of the yacht ‘Traveler II’, off the coast of Exuma in the Bahamas, April 1967. The image has been taken from a vantage point on the mast of the yacht. #114211583

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A FRIENDLY CHAT

COMING ASHORE

A man wearing diving equipment talks with a girl in a wicker chair on the beach, Bahamas, 1967. #745216005

A Magnum motorboat belonging to Count Filippo Theodoli arrives at the private jetty of the Il Pellicano Hotel in Porto Ercole, Italy. August 1973. #745210243


SAILING DINGHY

SAILBOAT IN SAN DIEGO

A boy and two girls lifting a sailing dinghy off its trailer, San Diego, California, 1960. #120817062

Mrs Cuddihy Perry, her son, and Mrs George H. Gentry with a sailboat on a beach in San Diego California, 1960. #120817126

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LEONARD DALSEMER Leonard Dalsemer and his family at their villa in Lyford Cay, New Providence Island, April 1974. #56013769

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HOTEL DU CAP EDEN-ROC

UNDERWATER DRINK

Guests by the pool at the Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc, Antibes, France, August 1976. #77440352

A woman drinking from a coconut underwater in the pool at Las Brisas Hotel in Acapulco, Mexico, February 1972. #76859752

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THE FULLERS

BARBADOS BLISS

May 1970: Alvin and Lilly Fuller outside their new home in Palm Beach, Florida, pose with their fashionable European sports car, the Mercedes 190SL. #3239994

Ava Marshall relaxes with a book amongst the bougainvillea in Barbados, April 1976. #52200184


CORAL BEACH

HOTEL CAMINO REAL

A view of Coral Beach, Bermuda, 1977. #53438289

The swimming pool of the Hotel Camino Real in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, April 1979. #84106460

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MAZATLAN SEASIDE

ARMANDO’S BEACH CLUB

Holidaymakers at a seaside pool at Mazatlan, Mexico, January 1984. #77443932

Sunbathers at Armando’s Beach Club, Acapulco, Mexico, February 1975. #77444438

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SEA DRIVE Film producer Kevin McClory takes his wife Bobo Sigrist and their family for a drive in an ‘Amphicar’ across the harbour at Nassau. The children are Bianca Juarez (Bobo’s daughter from another relationship) and Siobhan, Branwell and Saoirse McClory. #2716725

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BALCONY BATHING

LOS LEONES

June 1989: Victoria and Francesca Pereira sunning themselves on a balcony in the Algarve, Portugal. #3165349

Los Leones, the home of Catherine and Pero Feric at Pointe Milou on the northern coast of Saint-Barthelemy in the Caribbean, March 1991. #74155648

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POOL AT LAKE TAHOE

BAHAMANIAN HOTEL

Bathers by a pool on the shore of Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. #77442754

A hotel on the coast at Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas, March 1973. #95738278

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ESTHER WILLIAMS

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Esther Williams, American aquatic actress and former swimming champion, relaxing in a Florida swimming pool. #2665174


MARBELLA CLUB

FLORIDA PALMS

The swimming pool of the Marbella Club in Andalucia looks out over the sea, 1976. #53403599

A view of palm trees at a beach resort in Boca Raton, Florida, April 1978. #113915532

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PUSSYFOOTING

MARA LANE AT THE SANDS

Actress Dee Hartford, wife of film producer Howard Hawks, sips a Pussyfoot - a mixture of Jamaican fruit juices, 1958. #52171101

Austrian actress Mara Lane lounging by the pool in a red and white striped bathing costume at the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, 1954. #77442769


BOCA RATON

BLACK PEARL TRIPPERS

A swimming pool in Boca Raton, Florida, USA, circa 1978. #605351897

Henry B. Cabot Jr. (standing, centre) with his son Henry Bromfield Cabot III and their host Barclay (Buzzy) H Warburton III (in striped shirt) aboard the brigantine ‘Black Pearl’, circa 1959. They are sailing off North Shore, Boston, around Manchester and Marblehead harbors, Essex County, Massachusetts. #52171071

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LAKE TAHOE TRIP

CANNES WATERSPORTS

Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. #89370192

Holidaymakers waterskiing from the pier of the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, 1958. #475374145


BUZIOS Holidaymakers in Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil, January 1983. #596331487

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LYNN WYATT

FRUIT COCKTAIL

American socialite Lynn Wyatt by a swimming pool in Cap Ferrat, France, 1991. #605352293

Mrs Charles Rogers sits on a submerged bar stool in the Villa Vera Spa & Racquet Club pool, Acapulco, Mexico, January 1961. #605353061


POOL BY THE SEA

BOULDEREIGN

Guests round the swimming pool at the Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc, Antibes, France, August 1969. #73309131

Carl Hovgard’s home, Bouldereign in Carefree, Arizona, built around the boulders on a desert site, January 1973. #605352633

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MINNIE CUSHING

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American society girl Minnie Cushing carries her surfboard under her arm, September 1965. #51196662


PALM BEACH PASTELS

THE ROMANONES

Socialite Alice Topping relaxing by a swimming pool in Palm Beach, Florida, 1959. #605353355

Dowager Countess of Romanones, Blanca de Borbon (right, with Parasol), with her daughter, the Marquesa of Tamarit (left, with fan) and granddaughters, Maria (left) and her younger sister, Victoria, at the Countess’s home in Madrid, Spain, May 1976. #3165717

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POSING BY THE POOL

LILLIAN CRAWFORD

A swimming pool in Palm Beach, Florida, 1968. #605352287

Lillian Crawford, the wife of actor Lee Kinsolving, in Palm Beach, May 1970. #74155619

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PORTO ERCOLE BEACH

SWIMMING IN THE BAHAMAS

A jetty juts out from a rocky shoreline in Porto Ercole, Tuscany, July 1991. #88154332

Brightly coloured swimmers in a pool in Nassau on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas, 1959. #101912753

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VERUSCHKA

IN VOGUE

February 1986: German countess, model and film star Veruschka, (Countess Vera Gottlieb Von Lehndorff) standing on a balcony in Acapulco. She became a photographer of note after her modelling days finished. Her father was executed for plotting against Hitler. #3165718

Vogue magazine editor Topsy Taylor, a visitor to Acapulco, circa 1966. #52171005


POOLSIDE GOSSIP A desert house in Palm Springs designed by Richard Neutra for Edgar J. Kaufmann. Lita Baron (far left) approaches Helen Dzo Dzo (left) and Nelda Linsk, wife of art dealer Joseph Linsk. #2668264

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SCRABBLE IN PALM SPRINGS

SUNBATHING ON CAPRI

A group of people playing a game of Scrabble, Palm Springs, southern California, January 1970. #52021099

Catherine Wilke joins the topless sunbathers - along with Elisabetta Catalano, Charlotte Ticken and Pamela Grupas - on the island of Capri, Italy, in August 1980. #155761750


DESERT HOUSE PARTY

CAFE IN MONTE CARLO

A poolside party at a desert house, designed by Richard Neutra for Edgar J. Kaufmann, in Palm Springs, January 1970. Featured in the group are: industrial designer Raymond Loewy (1893 - 1986, centre, standing), Nelda Linsk (in yellow), wife of art dealer Joseph Linsk, and Helen Dzo Dzo (second from right). #77442787

Diners on a cafe terrace in Monte Carlo, Monaco, August 1975. #77445996

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MONOCLED MISS Renata Boeck enjoying breakfast in bed at the Regency Hotel in New York, 1964. #3163556

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LA CONCHA BEACH CLUB

ADRIATIC SAILORS

Bathers at La Concha Beach Club, Acapulco, Mexico, February 1975. #77442143

Premium Rates Apply. Young holidaymakers from Milan enjoy a sail on the Adriatic, 1956. #89370315

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OCEAN CLUB ON PARADISE ISLAND

KATHARINE HEPBURN

A cross-shaped ornamental pond and fountain at The Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, 1963. Huntington Hartford, paid $25,000,000 to have Paradise Island legally designated an ‘out island’, thus cutting his taxes. #76859792

1953: American film star Katharine Hepburn (1907 - 2003) driving along the waterfront with Irene Mayer Selznick at Montego Bay, Jamaica. #3164477_8


CORFU PICNIC

MARISA BERENSON

Ina Verogiani, Lisa Pallavicinos, Daphne Pallavicinos, Nicolas Pallavicinos and Yolande Scheres picnic in an olive grove on the Greek island of Corfu, 1987. #53403584

American actress Marisa Berenson in Capri, 1968. #53403681

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HOTEL DE PARIS IN MONACO

MONACO GRAND PRIX

The entrance to the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, Monaco, June 1977. #475373495

British racing driver James Hunt (1947 - 1993) on the grid at the Monaco Grand Prix, 22nd May 1977. #79750345

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NASSAU SPEED WEEK Competitors in an assortment of vehicles at the 1963 Nassau Speed Week. #52433014

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FRENCH HOLIDAY

C. Z. GUEST

Holidaymakers in France, August 1969. #475373493

American socialite Mrs. Winston F. C. Guest (aka C. Z. Guest, 1920 - 2003) with a Great Dane at her ocean-front estate, Villa Artemis, in Palm Beach, Florida, 1955. #84106452


EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

PALM SPRINGS RIDERS

A man contemplates the sunbathers by a swimming pool in Capri, Italy, August 1974. #453081605

A group of riders among Washingtonia palms in Andreas Canyon, Palm Springs, southern California, January 1970. #52021108

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SAINT-TROPEZ BEACH

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The beach at Saint-Tropez, on the French Riviera, August 1971. #102060802


MELINA MERCOURI

DOLORES GUINNESS

1961: Greek actress Melina Mercouri (1925 - 1994) sitting at a street cafe in Athens. #3165250

1965: Dolores Guinness catches the sun’s last rays in Costa Smerelda, Sardinia. #3165414

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VOLLEYBALL IN SANTA BARBARA

SAINT-TROPEZ

A group of young people playing volleyball, Santa Barbara, California, July 1975. #120817206

Holidaymakers on the deck of yacht in Saint-Tropez, France, August 1971. #475371105

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GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II

EQUESTRIAN ENTRANCE

View looking down the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy, 1960. Opened in 1890, the covered arcade is on the northern side of the Piazza del Duomo. #155761489

1957: Madame de la Haye-Jousselin on her horse at the gates to her chateau in Normandy. #3165297

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FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH

PORTO ERCOLE

An aerial view of a beach resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 1970. #113915620

A Magnum motorboat belonging to Count Filippo Theodoli arrives at the private jetty of the Il Pellicano Hotel in Porto Ercole, Italy, August 1973. #87922953


AT THE VON PANTZS Bathers by the pool at El Rincon, the Marbella home of Baron and Baroness von Pantz, Spain, August 1967. #77442313

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ISLAND LOOKOUT

MUFFY BANCROFT

May 1968: Nattily dressed, W Clifford Klenk with his telescope and his wife, Hope in their Hog island house. #3095102

Mrs Thomas Bancroft Jnr (Peggy Bancroft) in the foyer of her Manhattan duplex, circa 1958. #3122629


NEO-CLASSICAL POOL

POOLSIDE BACKGAMMON

Mrs T. Dennie Boardman and her children Samuel Jay and Sarah climbing the steps from the pool at the home of Boardman’s parents in Palm Beach, Florida, 1985. #51428805

Guests at the Villa Nirvana, owned by Oscar Obregon, in Las Brisas, Acapulco, Mexico, 1972. #77443356

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VILLA NIRVANA

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Guests at the Villa Nirvana, owned by Oscar Obregon, in Las Brisas, Acapulco, Mexico, February 1972. #77442109


COTTON BAY

CASA LAS ESTACAS

The Campbells’ pool at Cotton Bay, on Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas, November 1982. #95720181

Gunzburg’s pool at the Casa Las Estacas, in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, April 1979. #84106463

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SARDINIAN HOLIDAY

HOTEL SPORTS

Selvaggia Borromeo enjoys a yachting holiday on the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, 1967. #53403798

1958: Holidaymakers water-skiing in front of the Carlton Hotel, Cannes. #3436608


PARTY CHAT

FAN MAIL

circa 1960: West coast socialite Whitney Warren talking to film star Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) at a party in San Francisco where she is appearing in a production of ‘Ondine’. #3089000

Premium Rates Apply. Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962), wearing a red negligee trimmed with black lace, sorts out her fan mail shortly after her film ‘The Asphalt Jungle’ had been released. #2716724

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CHANTILLY RACECOURSE

CHECKERED FLAG

Smartly dressed racegoers chat to jockeys at an event being held at Chantilly Racecourse, Chantilly, Oise, France, 1956. #745209355

The checkered flag signals the end of the race during the 1963 Nassau Speed Week. #52432973


MAN’S WORK Working at his typewriter surrounded by ‘bunny girls’, publisher Hugh M Hefner at the Playboy Key Club in Chicago. He founded adult magazines, Playboy, VIp and Oui. #2716752

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HELLO THERE

LINDA CHRISTIAN

1955: Film star Diana Dors (Diana Fluck) (1931 - 1984) in blonde bombshell pose on a satin covered bed. #3138045

Mexican actress Linda Christian poses at the Canzone del Mare on the Picola Marina on the island of Capri, Italy, in July 1958. #155761757


NEW YORK PICNIC

GARDEN PARTY

A chauffeur unpacks a picnic hamper from a Rolls Royce, against the New York skyline. #2716847

1970: An elegant garden party in Miami, Florida. #3165254

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POLO GEAR A group of polo players with their equipment, Argentina, December 1990. #113915396

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ALL MINE

THE MARLBOROUGHS

Jim Kimberly and his wife, with his white sports car and white boats moored on Lake Worth. A Palm Beach socialite, he acts as Honorary Consul of Jordan. #2665700

1957: John Albert Edward Spencer Churchill, the 10th Duke of Marlborough (1897 - 1972) and his wife Mary relax on a bench in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, the family seat in Oxfordshire. #3165488

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TENNIS IN THE BAHAMAS

OCEAN CLUB ON PARADISE ISLAND

Two women stand talking to a man on the edge of a tennis court in the Bahamas, circa 1957. Behind the main group stand a second group of people talking. #114211819

A cross-shaped ornamental pond and fountain at The Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, 1963. Huntington Hartford, paid $25,000,000 to have Paradise Island legally designated an ‘out island’, thus cutting his taxes. #76859792


RHODE ISLAND SURFERS

RHODE ISLAND SURFER

Surfers off Rhode Island, September 1965. #120817355

A surfer carrying his board at a Rhode Island beach, September 1965. #120817307

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BETTINA GRAZIANI

ABACO ISLANDER

Bettina Graziani relaxes in a hammock on the Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, 1964. #53438482

Author Chester Thompson at work in his coconut grove on the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas, March 1986. His ancester Wyannie Malone settled on the islands in 1783, founding Hope Town. #71109977


KAUFMANN DESERT HOUSE January 1970: Helen Dzo Dzo at the Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs, California, designed by Richard Neutra in 1946 for businessman Edgar J. Kaufmann. #89441044

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ZEPHYRIA I

PENTHOUSE POOL

Holidaymakers aboard the ‘Zephyria I’ in Monte Carlo, August 1970. #101949525

Young women by the Canellopoulos penthouse pool, Athens, July 1961. #77440243


EXUMA HOLIDAY

NELDA AND FRIENDS

A yachting holiday on Exuma in the Bahamas, April 1964. #84941427

Ladies by the pool at the Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs, California, January 1970. From right to left, former fashion model Helen Dzo Dzo Kaptur (in white lace), unknown, Nelda Linsk (in yellow), wife of art dealer Joseph Linsk, and actress Lita Baron (in white sunhat). The Linsks are the current owners of the house. #605352637

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GIACOMO MONTEGAZZA

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Giacomo and Stefania Montegazza welcome guests arriving by boat at their villa, La Cassinella, on Lake Como, 1983. #50945878


POOLSIDE IN SOTOGRANDE

PORTO ERCOLE

Bathers round a pool in Sotogrande, Spain, August 1975. #95738211

A jetty juts out from a rocky shoreline in Porto Ercole, Tuscany, August 1980. #88004728

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CLIFFTOP POOL

EARL LEVY’S CASTLE

Guests around the clifftop pool at Warren Avis’ villa ‘La Barranca’, Las Brisas, Acapulco, Mexico, January 1971. #77442113

Trident Castle, the home of Earl Levy in Port Antonio, Jamaica, March 1993. #84107580

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CATHERINE WILKE

TRANSPORT BUFFS

Catherine Wilke joins the topless sunbathers on the island of Capri. #2716606

A helicopter and two motor boats adorn the deck of a luxury yacht where Iowan businessman Roy J Carver and the Prince de Polignac are chatting in Monte Carlo harbour. #2695020

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CABOT FAMILY

JOHN RAWLINGS

circa 1960: Mrs Henry Cabot Jnr with her children (left to right) Henry Bromfield Cabot III, Camilla Foote Cabot and Andrew Hull Cabot, sitting on a car in the driveway of their home, ‘Rollingstones’, Manchester, New Hampshire. #3436607

1950, Fashion photographer John Rawlings (1912 - 1970) on the beach at Montego Bay, Jamaica. #51246681


JAMES GALANOS American fashion designer James Galanos with supermodel Dovima (1927 - 1990) in his studio, 1960. #74110947

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MY TOY

KATHARINE HEPBURN

April 1982: Member of the ‘Jolly Club’, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Prince Di Montenevoso at Vallelonga with his red Lola racing car. He is Chief Test Driver for Firestone International. #3163540

1953: American film star Katharine Hepburn (1907 - 2003) driving along the waterfront with Irene Mayer Selznick at Montego Bay, Jamaica. #3164477


HABITATION LECLERC

BERMUDA STREET SCENE

Bathers walking down steps to the swimming pool at Habitation Leclerc, Haiti, January 1975. They are followed by a waiter with cocktails. #77442611

Bicycles, motorcycles, and cars on a street in Bermuda, June 1967. #554350999

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HARBOUR ISLAND

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Harbour Island in the Bahamas, 1970. #607001977


PETER VIERTEL

SAN VICENZO

Author and screenwriter Peter Viertel (1920 - 2007) with his surfboard on the beach at Biarritz, France, 1960. #475374143

1984, Donna Stefanella Vanni Calvello di San Vicenzo in the Hall of Mirrors at her family’s palazzo in Palermo, Sicily. The focal point of Sicilian Belle-Epoque society, this eighteenth-century palazzo has been compared with Versailles. #51246706

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HOTEL EXCELSIOR

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

The beach front of the luxurious Excelsior Hotel on the Venice Lido, 1957. #53438142

Lady Daphne Cameron (Mrs George Cameron) on a tiger skin rug in the trophy room at socialite Laddie Sanford’s home in Palm Beach, Florida. #2716791


T. S. ELIOT

COLIN TENNANT

American-born poet and playwright T. S. Eliot (1888 - 1965) at Love Beach, New Providence Island whilst on his honeymoon in the Bahamas, 1957. #74155576

Colin Tennant, 3rd Baron Glenconner, on the island of Mustique, which he owns privately, March 1973. #84066693

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NO TRANSPORT PROBLEMS

SCONE MADAM ?

American model and actress, Mary Hartline (Mrs Woolworth Donahue), with car and bicycles on her motor yacht, ‘Hartline’, Palm Beach, 1982. #2695069

Interior decorator James Pendleton, his wife and guests spending a quiet Sunday afternoon beside the pool at their home of the last eight years, Beverly Hills, California, 1952. Drinking tea are Mr. and Mrs. Pendleton, Leonard Stanley (from Hawaii), Mr. and Mrs. William Riley, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Henry and Mrs. Jack Bolton. In the background is the pool house. #3088770

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EDEN ROCK The mansion of Remy de Haenen on a peninsula in the bay of St. Jean at Eden Rock on the Caribbean island of St Barts (Saint-Barthelemy), March 1973. The house is now a hotel. #52235738

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NEW YORK FASHION DESIGN

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A young woman modelling a belted dress with pencil skirt, New York City, June 1953. #84989787


BACKSTAGE AT LA SCALA

PULITZER CHECKS IN

A chorus girl reads a movie magazine in a dressing room at La Scala opera house, Milan, November 1948. #84989950

Patsy Pulitzer (nee Patsy Bartlett) checking in at the airport, Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1955. #84990104

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AN ANXIOUS WAIT

NEW ENGLAND SKIING

Premium Rates Apply. 2nd April 1951: American actress, Gloria Swanson, anxiously awaits the results of the Best Actress award at a cafe on West 52nd Street, New York. On her left is her fellow nominee and the eventual winner, Judy Holliday. #3143209

Two female skiers outside the Carroll Reed Ski Service Shop and Check Room in New Hampshire, 1955. #55896550

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PALM BAY CLUB

CAPUCINE

A young woman at the Palm Bay Club, Miami, Florida, USA, circa 1965. #88997148

1957: French actress Capucine, (Germaine Lefebvre) (1933 - 1990) fanning herself at a New Years Eve party held at Romanoffs in Beverly Hills. #3137798

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THE CARLTON HOTEL

CADILLAC CARS

A Cadillac with Florida plates parked outside the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France, circa 1955. #84989741

A row of parked Cadillacs with bumpers gleaming in the sun. #2666267


SOHO WAITERS’ RACE Waiters carrying half bottles of champagne set off on the annual waiters’ race from Soho Square to Greek Street, in London’s Soho, 1955. #109744461

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DRIVE-IN CAFE

KENNEDY AND FRIENDS

1952: A drive-in cafe in Beverly Hills, California. #3058124

1953: Senator John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), Shirley Rogan Ellis and Betty LoSavio at Montego Bay Airport, Jamaica. #3137778


FARLEY GRANGER

AYE AYE CAPTAIN

circa 1955: Film star Farley Granger (Farley Earle II) in the driver’s seat of a car outside the Plaza Hotel, New York. He is wearing a ‘teddy bear’ overcoat. #3140050

1955: James Cagney (1899 - 1986) as the Captain takes a salute from Jack Lemmon (1925 - 2001) as Ensign Frank Pulver in a scene from ‘Mister Roberts’ being shot on location in Hawaii. #3141956

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TINA ONASSIS

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1958: Athina Livanos Onassis (Tina Onassis) the first wife of Greek shipowner Aristotle Onassis relaxing by the swimming pool aboard their yacht, the ‘Christina’ in Monte Carlo. #3140076


ANGRY YOUNG MAN

SHOPPING IN PORTUGAL

1958: Welsh playwright and actor, John Osborne (1929 - 1994) in a London street. He is best known for his play and subsequent film, ‘Look Back in Anger’. #3140117

A bellhop helps carry a young woman’s shopping to her Alfa Romeo sports car, Portugal, circa 1970. #84990522

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DECKED IN FINERY

DEBS ON PARADE

An unknown guest at a New Year’s Eve party held at the Romanoff Restaurant in Hollywood, Los Angeles. #2716851

A debutante ball held at the Copley Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts. #2695045


STAR IN TOWN

PARK AVENUE

circa 1955: Film star Farley Granger (Farley Earle II) outside the Plaza Hotel, New York. #3137797

1953: A view of neatly arranged office and apartment blocks along Park Avenue in New York City. #3245102

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SPRING BREAK

PULITZER ON THE BEACH

High schoolers picnic on the beach at Bonita Springs, Florida. #2672836

Patsy Pulitzer (nee Patsy Bartlett) at Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1955. #84989819


PRIVATE TRANSPORT Patsy Pulitzer (nee Patsy Bartlett) rummaging in her bag on the seat of an open car. The car is parked by a plane belonging to the Everglades Flying Service at Palm Beach, Florida. #2694536

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DIXIELAND JAM

DINNER JAZZ

November 1948: An impromptu concert in Rome with American Jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong (1901 - 1971), Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines (1905 - 1983) on piano and Jack Teagarden (1905 - 1964) on trombone playing with the ‘Rhythm Kings’. Hines and Teargarden play in Armstrong’s ‘All-Stars’ band. #3247523

1949: American Jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong (1898 - 1971) enjoys a plate of spaghetti in Rome. #3248098


JAZZ SCOOTER

MIKE MCKENDRICK

Lucille Brown takes control of the Vespa scooter as her husband Louis Armstrong (1898 - 1971) displays his musical appreciation of the ancient Colosseum in Rome. #2716596

1963: American banjo player Mike McKendrick performing in Chicago. #3167189

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EXCLUSIVE FASHIONS

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Mrs T.R. Potter and Mrs Edward Magnus (right) in the Saks of 5th Avenue dress shop, Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1955. #84989739


CAVANAGH’S

NY LIGHTS

circa 1955: A couple outside Cavanagh’s restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts. #3248114

1953: A set of traffic lights on Park Avenue in New York City. #3245071

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LUCKY LUCIANO

FOOD STALL

Sicilian-born American gangster Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano (1897 - 1962) walking with friends in Lercara, Sicily. His criminal empire included narcotics-peddling, prostitution, extortion and running vice dens. Whilst in prison from 1936 to 1946 he founded the Crime Syndicate of Mafia families and reorganized crime. #2666383

A fruit and vegetable stall in a back street, Italy, circa 1949. #120817343


CANNON DRIVE

BOSTON STREET SCENE

1952: Cars driving along Cannon Drive, Beverly Hills, California. #3058125

A street in Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1955. #84990032

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BEAUTY QUEEN

VENETIAN PLAY

circa 1950: Cosmetics queen Helena Rubinstein (1870 - 1965), third from right, at her Park Avenue, New York apartment with her husband Prince Archil Gourielli Tchkonia, enjoying cocktails with friends on the terrace. #3137791

1952: Orson Welles (1915 - 1985) directing Othello on location in Venice. #3137803


ONASSIS BOAT TRIP Alexander Onassis (1948 - 1973) son of the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle, with his mother Athina Livanos Onassis (Tina), on board the family’s luxury yacht ‘Christina’ in Monte Carlo. #2183637

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KAY SPRECKLES

PARK AVENUE PARTY

Kay Spreckles, the fifth wife of actor Clark Gable, at a New Year’s Eve party held at the Romanoff Restaurant in Hollywood, Los Angeles, 31st December 1956. #3166120

31st December 1952: From left to right, Slim Hawks (nee Nancy Gross, former wife of director Howard Hawks) chatting with Vogue editor Diana Vreeland (1903 - 1989) and her husband Reed at Kitty Miller’s New Year’s Eve party in Park Avenue, New York. #3166127


FRENCH POLO CROWD

FLORIDA CARD GAME

A group of spectators at a polo match, France, circa 1950. #84990012

A group of men playing cards at a table next to a gas station in Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1955. #84990071

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THE KING OF JAZZ 1949: Photographers taking pictures of American jazz trumpeter and singer, Louis Armstrong (1901 - 1971) as he plays his trumpet in the Colosseum, Rome. #3062517


MARY PICKFORD

DEBUTANTE BALL

1952: Actress and film producer Mary Pickford (Gladys Smith) (aka the ‘world’s sweetheart’) (1892 -1979) blows a kiss as she is interviewed at the film premiere of ‘Death of a Salesman’ starring Fredric March and directed by Laszlo Benedek. #3141946

June 1958: A debutante ball held at the Copley Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts. #3166117

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RACE MEETING

FONDA IN TOWN

A group of racegoers chatting to jockeys, France, circa 1950. #84990106

1951: Film star Henry Fonda (1905 - 1982) on a balcony overlooking a street in New York. #3140053


LITERARY LOAFER

JEAN COCTEAU

Novelist and poet Kingsley Amis (1922 - 1995) author of ‘ Lucky Jim’ leaning against a lamppost in a Swansea street. #2716803

1958: Poet, dramatist and film producer Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963) in Monte Carlo. He is most famous for his films ‘La Belle et la Bette’ (1945) and ‘Orphee’ (1950). #3062496

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BEVERLY HILLS COP

ONASSIS ON BOARD

American policeman Lee R Hathaway with his car on Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills, California. #2716599

Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis with two friends on board the family’s luxury yacht ‘Christina’ in Monte Carlo in 1958. #2183681


LUCKY LUCIANO Sicilian-born American gangster Charles Luciano (1897 - 1962) relaxes in exile from the FBI. His criminal empire included narcotics-peddling, prostitution, extortion and running vice dens. Whilst in prison from 1936 to 1946 he founded the Crime Syndicate of Mafia families and reorganized crime. #2716598

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IN TRANSIT

LUCKY LUCIANO

Holidaymakers travel in an Alfa Romeo saloon car to a Swiss skiing resort. #2672765

1949: Sicilian-born gangster Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano (1897 - 1962) leaning out of a window in his native Sicily. Whilst in prison between 1936 and 1946, he founded the Crime Syndicate of Mafia families and reorganised crime in America. #3166115


THE MASTER AT WORK

DIRECTOR AND STAR

1953: British actor and playwright Noel Coward (1899 - 1973) working at ‘Firefly’, his home at Roundhill, Jamaica. #3438330

1952: Orson Welles (1915 - 1985) in Venice during a break from filming ‘Othello’ which he directed and starred in. #3141948

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LAS VEGAS LUXURY Austrian actress Mara Lane enjoys waiter service in the pool at the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, 1954. #84989747


HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

READY TO ROLL

1948: Lamberto Maggiorani (1910 - 1983) star of Vittorio de Sica’s film ‘The Bicycle Thief’ with his wife Giuseppina and children framed in the window of their flat in Rome. #3141943

1955: Director John Ford (1894 - 1973) and his film crew set-up for the filming of a scene while on location in Hawaii for ‘Mister Roberts’, a Warner production. #3141960

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LEADING ROLE

RAIN CHECK

1955: Wearing a lei over his uniform, film star Henry Fonda (1905 - 1982) stars as Lieutenant Doug Roberts in the film, ‘Mister Roberts’, shooting on location in Hawaii. #3141966

1955: Director John Ford (1894 - 1973) takes shelter during a tropical storm which interrupted the filming of ‘Mister Roberts’, a Warner production. #3141972


JAMAICA SEA SAILING 1953: Two men sailing their yacht ‘Eel II’ in Jamaica. #3245100

HARPO AND CHICO February 1949: American comic actors Adolph ‘Harpo’ Marx (1888 - 1964) and Leonard ‘Chico’ Marx (1887 - 1961), during the filming of ‘Love Happy’, the last Marx Brothers film. #3143189

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NEW ENGLAND SKIING Two women recline on improvised sunbeds at the Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway, New Hampshire, 1955. #55896563

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Once Upon A Time - by Slim Aarons “This article, found in the beautiful publication by the same name from Abrams Publishers, had Frank Zachary write its introduction. Slim depicts his life story with a vivacity that matches his vibrant photography.�

I believe in fairy tales. For six decades I have concentrated on photographing attractive people who were doing attractive things in attractive places. Many of these elegant people were princes and princesses and others were just ladies and gentlemen. Some lived in marble palaces and Camelot castles, and others lived in magnificent contemporary estates. I travelled all over the world to photograph them; found them in London and New York, Gstaad and Newport, Palm Beach and St. Tropez, and Lake Forest and Rome. During World War II, I was a combat photographer for Yank magazine, and having survived that experience a little battered but all in one piece, I felt I owed myself some easy, luxurious living to make up for the years I had spent sleeping on the ground in the mud, being shot at and bombed. The war was over; I was eager to put all that misery behind me. There were still a lot of problems in the world, and while many of my colleagues focused on these post-war headaches, on cold wars and little hot wars, on the social trouble s in a devastated Europe and in America itself, I decided I had had my fill of photographing human suffering and despair. So, when I was asked to hotfoot it to Korea to cover the war there, I let it be known that the only beach I was interested in landing on was one decorated with beautiful girls tanning in a tranquil sun. Beaches were made for strolling and lying on, not for invading.

These were the years before television had brought a certain kind of familiarity with the world into everyone's home, and the great picture magazines Look, Life, and Holiday were doing a tremendous job covering the Who, What, When, and Where of the world. There \Ras more than enough work. And many of the friends I had made during the war were now editors of those magazines. One of my first beats was Hollywood, dream capital of the world, as far from reality as I could have imagined getting. Freelancing for Life magazine, I found the transition was easily made from war combat to combating starlets. I have never forgotten the advice Clarence Bull, chief of still photography at MGM, gave me while he photographed stars like Lana Turner, Clark Gable, and Robert Taylor: Glamour was essential, illusion must be maintained. Louis B. Mayer's edict prevailed: The women must be beautiful, the men handsome. They were the princes and princesses of Dream World and Clark Gable was "The King." After Hollywood, I decided to head for Europe, and as Life was just opening a bureau in Rome, I checked in there, settling down at the Excelsior Hotel on the Via Veneto, where my bill was a little over ninety dollars a month. The Excelsior had special rates for actors, newspapermen and courtesans. The reasons were obvious, the manager told me: actors and actresses decorated the lobby; news men might be working on a book (remember Grand Hotel?), and

Once Upon A Time - by Slim Aarons


beautiful courtesans always demanded the biggest and the best suites from their current lovers. All the great continental hotels operated that way in those days. It was a wonderful place to begin my quest for the beautiful and the elegant. Rome offered its palaces and ancient ruins as suitable backgrounds for the galaxy of stars suddenly descending on the Eternal City. Life there was rewarding: the dollar was strong, the wine dolce, and the girls fantastic. Entertaining in their exquisite drawing rooms and frescoed galleries, the "Black Aristocracy," in combination with the superstars at play, gave rise to the legend of the "Beautiful People." From Rome I returned to the States and proceeded to photograph people in elegant surround­ings all over the world. A Wonderful Time, my first book, came about when the attic of my home could hold no more of the photographs deposited there at the end of each assignment, and something had to be done. How about organizing them into a book? I thought; and so it began. The problem that soon became apparent was that there was enough material for a dozen books, and the decision had to be made to narrow the focus to the Western Hemisphere-at least for a start. A Wonderful Time was a personal and pictorial record of the great American cities, choice residential areas, and fashionable summer and

winter resorts during the post-World War II years. It is also a glimpse of the first families of America, photographed in their elegant homes and exclusive clubs. It was made during those years when I was on assignment for a number of magazines that depicted for readers a style of living known only to the favored few. I chose to call my second book Once Upon A Time not only in reference to the fairy-tale world I photographed, but also because I couldn't think of a better title to show how times have changed in the six decades I've been taking photographs. What was a very simple life when I was in my twenties has become something unbelievably complex. I can remember when I first came to New York after my formative years in New England. On hot summer days you could sleep in Central Park. Try that today! Now there are so many cars in New York that living there is a continual traffic jam. When I first began at Life magazine, I was paid $25 a day and I lived beautifully. At Maria's Restaurant on 52nd Street you could have a delicious lunch for $1.25 or a dinner of the finest food in New York for $2.50. When I lived in Rome, you could fill a girl's room with flowers for $10. I still wear suits I had made to order at Brioni for less than $100, and the shoes I had made of kangaroo leather in Hong Kong were two pairs for $120. You could walk onto an airplane five minutes before the flight took off and the only time you had to go through security was at customs in a foreign country.

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By the time I reached thirty, I had nearly been blown up in Anzio, I had photographed the top movie stars, stage stars, and society's stars and I had shot three Life covers. I paid $32 a month for an atelier on 57th Street just off Park Avenue; for $63, I got the whole floor with a terrace. I could park right in front of the door of my building, or if I wanted to garage my car, the price was 50 cents. A dime was considered a reasonable tip-it was good enough for Rockefeller! It is no wonder that people need huge salaries today just to afford a decent life. Today I live in the country outside of New York, where I've lived for the past fifty years. I cut my own grass, not only for the enjoyment of the experience, but for the exercise as well. I even keep a hand mower in case there is no gasoline. I particularly enjoy being able to walk barefoot outside, surrounded by flowers and two-hundred-year-old trees. My water comes from my own well, and if the heat goes out, the great old fireplace in my 1782 colonial can heat the entire house. The town I live in is so concerned about maintaining open space that we pay extra taxes to buy parcels of land to leave undeveloped. I learned one lesson after being a combat photographer: if a war is coming, get out of the cities. If a million-dollar bomb is going to be dropped, it will be dropped where it can cause the most damage, not on a farmhouse in the country.

and modern. I marvel at the wonders that we live with-satellites, digital television and cameras, cell phones, the internet. Yet I fondly remember the times when a Coke cost a nickel, when a kid could buy a piece of candy for a penny, when the computer wasn't down, and when there was something to watch on television though there were only three or four channels to choose from. Many of those shown in this book have changed their names, and others have passed on, but as the camera has recorded, so they were, and there they were. I have tried to include images of an era that was fairy-tale-like and much simpler, such as children playing on a lawn or a horse-drawn sleigh in New Hampshire taking skiers to lifts that were never crowded. Now ask yourself, dear reader, even with all the amazing things that we have in our lives today, are we better off, or were things simpler Once Upon A Time?

How did things become the way they are today? We have every conceivable device and more to make our lives smooth, efficient,

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