During Palm Beach’s early resort-town years at the turn of the 20th century, the island was a playground of decorum and decadence, a Gilded Age winter mecca for the nation’s financial and social elite engaged in an operatic turnstile of formality and pleasure.
There were nightly orchestra performances, tea dances, yacht races, vaudeville shows, fine dining, poetry readings, recitations and recitals, and a grapefruit cocktail called the “Forbidden Fruit”. Palmists divined destinies for elegantly clad corseted ladies who even “sea bathed” in the requisite ankle-length skirts, blouses and opaque stockings. Captains of industry rubbed elbows on the links, fishing piers and piazzas.
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