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Gilded Age Newport & The Hamptons Told through Postcards  Webinar

'Gilded Age Newport & The Hamptons, Told through Postcards' Webinar

Wed May 19, 2021

'Gilded Age Newport & The Hamptons, Told through Postcards' Webinar

Time Wed May 19 2021 at 11:30 am to 01:00 pm

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'Gilded Age Newport & The Hamptons, Told through Postcards'  Webinar, 19 May | Online Event | 'Gilded Age Newport & The Hamptons, Told through Postcards' Webinar
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While a text, email, or social media post are the go-to ways in 2020 to share your travels with friends and family, postcards were the darlings of the 1920s and earlier. And for Gilded Age families at the time, having the most artistic postcard of their estate was not just an illustrative way to help passersby identify a local landmark, but rather a status symbol. It's time to explore how the postcard ended up at the center of some of America's most powerful families, all in the name of bragging rights.

Join New York Adventure Club for a virtual glimpse behind the hedges of America’s elite during the Gilded Age, told through rare color postcards dating back nearly a hundred years.

Led by historian Gary Lawrance, our virtual showcase of the color postcards depicting magnificent estates from Newport, Rhode Island to the Hamptons of Long Island — both standing and demolished — will include:

-The beginnings of postcards , and how they went from basic black & white photos to becoming little works of art with the use of applied color
- Sights and stories from dazzling villas of Newport, Rhode Island, to the more relaxed cottage style summer homes in the Hamptons, Long Island
-How so many postcards were freely photographed and later sold at local drugstores
-A discussion around postcard artists , and the labor-intensive process of hand-coloring
-A rare look at the inscriptions on the back of the postcards telling more about the senders and their thoughts about the owners of the homes

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Gary — any and all questions about Gilded Age postcards are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Gary

Architect, Author, and Historian Gary Lawrance is an architect from Stony Brook, New York. His firm, Lawrance Architectural Presentations, provides design presentations, architectural models, digital renderings, and design development services to architects, landscape architects and interior designers.
Mr. Lawrance has an extensive background in the history of Gilded Age architecture, landscapes, and society, and co-authored the bestselling book, “Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930” with Anne Surchin (Acanthus Press 2007, Revised 3rd Printing 2013).
Mr. Lawrance’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Newsday, New York Social Diary, Southampton Press, and more. Mr. Lawrance has written for Architectural Digest, Dan’s Papers, Quest magazine, and his two blogs, Mansions of the Gilded Age and Houses of the Hamptons in addition to founding and contributing to the two very successful Facebook groups, Mansions of the Gilded Age & The Gilded Age Society with over 160,000 members combined. Mr. Lawrance also manages two equally popular Instagram accounts, Mansions of the Gilded Age & The Gilded Age Society.


"It was interesting to see the personal touches in the postcards, and to see lesser known houses that might not have made it into a book." -Patricia
"I loved seeing all of the postcards and the map really helped me see where things are/were." -Krissy
"It was a wonderful lesson to learn history of the mansions via postcards!" -Loretta
"He is so knowledgeable about everything from history to architecture, and I love how he shares the juicy gossip, too!" -Jane
"Hearing about the people who owned these homes......and the people who visited there. And the comments on the back of the postcards !" -Judith
"Speaker well informed, great images, nice pace - Interesting!" -Cindy
"I thought the idea of presenting it as though it was a walking tour using the old postcards was such a neat idea. I learned so much about the mansions and thE postcards themselves." -Katrina
"Delightful presenter. His passion for the subject shines through." -Ana
"Gary is very knowledgeable and the postcards were so fun to see." -Kasey
"I enjoyed the lecture and little tidbits of fun information that Carl included. It is a wonderful collection of post cards and they are so interesting and fun the hear a little of what people wrote on them." -William
"I love the incredible descriptions and photos of the Newport mansions." -Melissa
"The illustrations - and the messages on the back of the postcards." -Rick
"The commentary was very good and have a background for the postcards." -Karen

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