Blast From the Past

Vintage Hamptons (PHOTOS)

In the Hamptons, high society is always on display: summer weddings and pony rides run rampant as the best in what seems to be American royalty roll in for a beach day. These throwback, vintage Hamptons photos show a blast from the past.

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Socialites in the Summer

In the Hamptons, high society is always on display—summer weddings and pony rides run rampant as the best in what seems to be American royalty roll in for a beach day. These throwback, vintage Hamptons photo show a blast from the past.

Genevieve Clendein (left) and E. Morgan Gilbert show off their 1938 bathing suits while sunbathing on the beach in Southampton. Summer society at its finest.

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Cars and Money

Journalists crowd around Henry Ford II and his newly wedded wife in a delicate 1940 photo taken in Southhampton.

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Not the Kentucky Derby

In 1934 Audrey Jaeckel and John Baker take a stroll hand and hand at the annual horse show of the Southhampton Riding and Hunt Club. The sixth annual horse show was revived in the 1920s after World War I.

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Jackie O-So-Cute

A young but still posh-as-ever Jacqueline Bouvier (later Kennedy) rides horseback as her father walks along side of her in 1930s East Hampton.

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Sand Portraits

In July 1939, in Montauk, five famous artists try to depict the beauty of Georgia Pierce, a New York socialite, using the sand as their canvas. The artists, Gilbert Bundy, Abner Dean, Dean Cornwall, Arthur William Brown, and James Montgomery Flagg, took to a day at the Surf Club at Montauk Beach.

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Sister Socialites

Socialites, fashion icons, and sisters Catherine Murray McManus (left) and Jeanne Murray Vanderbilt explore theire Southampton surroundings during the late 1940s. The duo rides their bikes to the entrance of the Southhampton Bathing Corp.

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Future Fashionista

Mary McFadden, before her fashion empire, dances with Dwight Iselin in Southhampton during the 1950s.

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Showing Off in the Sound

Olympic aquatic champions Helen Meany and Johnny Weissmuller show off their acrobatic skills behind a motorboat in Long Island Sound circa 1929.

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Seabiscuit by the Sea

Southampton's finest watch the annual horse show in August 1935. One of them will become a show in herself: the child in the middle is a young Jacqueline Bouvier.

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The Elegant Pair

A couple waltzes along during in 1935, flaunting ’30s fashion and big smiles.

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With a View

J. Vernon Bouvier III and his wife view the fifth annual East Hampton Riding Club show from the comfort of their vintage car in 1929.

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East Hampton's Costume Contest

Austrian-American actress, and later communications technology innovator, Hedy Lamarr holds a young contestant in a children's costume pageant. The pageant took place in 1940s East Hampton.