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This weekend, I attended the Gatsby Summer Afternoon, hosted by the Art Deco Society of California. The idea is to re-create an elegant afternoon 1920s party like the ones Jay Gatsby would host in F. Scott Fitzgerald's famed novel. Everything at the party, from the clothing to the cars, had to look or feel like the time between 1920 and the '40s pre-World War II.

I met Katherine Comstock and Michael McClain when I entered the sprawling Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in the Oakland, CA, hills. Katherine has the look of the '20s lady down, with the require accessories: Hat, gloves, purse, and even a parasol for the sun.

They said they found this beautiful vintage luggage at an estate sale. When these vintage lovers stumbled upon it, "We said, 'These are our people!'" Katherine explained.

It might seem like a lot of luggage for one picnic, but remember, no modern gear is allowed. Tupperware, paper plates, plastic soda bottles, potato chip bags, etc. are not seen at the Gatsby. Instead attendees bring glassware and china, as well as linens, silverware, and glass bottles.

Soon enough, this old-fashioned shuttle came to pick us and all our heavy bags up.


  1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 4 years ago
    Sounds like a great weekend and Fabulos idea for a gathering
  2. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    I do not know if you are familiar with the books of Monica Randall who wrote the most amazing books on the Great Gatsby estate where she also worked on the movie, "The Great Gatsby". "Phantoms of the Hudson Valley, The Glorious Estates of a Lost Era", "The Mansions of Long Island's Gold Coast", and "Winfield, Living In the Shadow of the Woolworths" are also books worth getting. Apart from finding some of the gowns owned by Mrs Woolworth and others, she was given some that she found from the estates that she wrote about, and has provided the most beautiful photos of her in some of those gowns. The books, are all written extremely well, have pictures done by the author who was a great photographer in her own right, and would have you yearning for more books by her. The first two books I listed here are my favourites and one year I counted her as my favorite author !~

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