East Hampton's Jazz Age at Clinton Academy

This particular outing is dedicated to the period between the two world wars
A mannequin in a red dress with a vintage necklace is set in an alcove surrounded by East Hampton scenes, including the Maidstone Club. Durell Godfrey, photos, unless otherwise noted.

   The East Hampton Historical Society has put together another richly-illustrated and installed exhibit of artifacts and material culture related to how the town’s ancestors worked, played, and dressed at a specific moment in time.
    This particular outing is dedicated to the period between the two world wars, also known as the Jazz Age. While typically thought of as the Roaring Twenties, like many eras, it overlaps with the decades preceding and succeeding it, touching a bit on the somber mood just after World War I and encroaching into the Great Depression.
    Richard Barons, the society’s executive director, said the choices of what to exhibit in the summer, made from the ideas generated by the collections and education committees, are based on what the society has in its collection and what it can borrow.
    On the Library of Congress Web site, he discovered hand-colored photographs from the era he thought were “so glorious, we felt we must display some of them.” Then, East Hampton residents contributed some of their own artifacts. Peggy Sherrill, for instance, brought in some of her mother’s Jazz-Age dresses, which were added to pieces in the society’s collection along with other photographs and articles of clothing.
    Art Deco-style wallpaper — a Frank Newbold discovery — a few new mannequins, and an overall theme of a cocktail party, gave the exhibition its shape. Mr. Barons said, “this show has almost 100 photographs from so many sources,” including the society’s own collection and the Long Island Collection of the East Hampton Library. “We scan them and then enlarge and frame each one.”
    There are also period vases, champagne buckets, and even an old bootleg bottle of whiskey, still intact including its uncontaminated contents, found in the 1922 wreck of the Lizzie D. by Steve Bulenda and Dennis Knopp in 1978.
    The show will be on view through Oct. 13.   
 

A woman’s red bathing suit in wool was borrowed from the Bridgehampton Historical Society for the Jazz Age show.
A bootleg bottle of whiskey, its contents intact, was found in the 1922 wreck of the Lizzie D. by Steve Bulenda and Dennis Knopp in 1978.
Maude Sherwood Jewett, the mother of Camilla Jewett, in her studio creating a plaster cast for a birdbath with a heron base.
This tomato-red dress has matching front and back beaded panels and was worn by Margaret Sholly Hostetter. The girl’s dress was lent by the Bridgehampton Historical Society and has inset lace. It is styled with adult accessories as if the child-size mannequin were playing dress-up.
A detail of a photograph showing Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, left, and her mother at a horse show in East Hampton where they won third prize in the family class.Associated Press
Ice buckets and drink shakers from the period add a bit of cocktail party effervescence to the exhibit.
John A. Roosevelt, one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's children, second from left, visited East Hampton in 1933 while FDR was president. He is seated with, from left, Mary Peck, John M. Graham, and Dorothy Ordway.Associated Press
A view of the installation offers a chance to see how the exhibit is organized and presented.
Period details, such as this Art Deco-style ceramic vase, add spirit and beauty to the installation.