Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Other Half

As you know, I have been scanning old family photos for the past few weeks (and probably will be for the next ten years). Turns out my family really liked to take pictures.

Yesterday, I ran across photos taken in 1947 by my great uncle Harry. For many years he worked as a chauffeur for the Reynolds family (aluminum not tobacco) in Glen Cove, NY and lived in a house on the mansion grounds. The photos I have are of the exterior and interior of the mansion.

I grew up listening to my uncle telling me wildly entertain stories of his days with the Reynolds. Trips to Cuba to visit the casinos, taking the young Reynolds son to baseballs games instead of school, seeing the rich and famous while in NYC....

I had been told the photos were of the "Woolworth mansion," but I wasn't entirely sure if this was where my uncle worked or if it was one of the neighboring estates, so yesterday afternoon I did a Google search.

My search results included a great blog named Old Long Island written by Zach, a historical preservation grad student. On his blog, was a detailed post about the history of Winfield Hall - including it's famous architect and many more photos. I was quite excited to see that the house is still in existence. Zach and I exchanged photos & historical information via email. Isn't the internet a wonderful thing :-)

So, here is how the other half lived......












2 comments:

Larry said...

WOW!!!

Do you thik we will ever get out places to look this grand?

StuccoHouse said...

Lol.....I don't think on it's best day Stuccohouse will come close. Besides, we'd need a staff of 70 to maintain it ;-) Wait a sec, maybe that wouldn't be so bad......

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