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The Social Register: "Where 'Best Society' Lives and Plays, Part VI"

Summer Social Register August 3, 1920 (1)

This year's Summer Social Register, just issued, indicates an increase of some ten per cent. in the residences by the seashore of New York families, as compared with an increase of only two per cent. at the inland resorts.

Long Island seashore places show a large grouping of the socially prominent. On the south shore there are 526 families, 410 on the north shore, 311 at the Hampton and 578 on the north shore of the Sound, a total of 1,825.

Newport and Narragansett have 303 families, and Bar Harbor 131, while other points on the New England coast aggregate 1553. On the Jersey shore 514 families are indicated, and 88 on the western coast.

Canada leads this year with those at the inland resorts, having a total of 217 families. Bernardsville, Morristown and Short Hills, N.J., have 136 families, the Adirondacks 125 and Lenox 57.

A marked increase is shown in the number of marriages since the first of April, 959 marriages being indicated. This is greater than during the similar period, two years ago, when the high tide was reached.

More families are living abroad this year, as compared to last year and 136 families, apparently, are spending the Summer on their yachts.

Shows Fewer Marriages July 19, 1921 (2)

The Summer Social Register of 1921, which has just appeared, shows some interesting statistics of the distribution of prominent families during the hot months as compared to the previous year, indicating a continuance of the drift of the families to the seashore at the expense of the inland resorts. Families to the number of 11,268 are residing at the seaside.

In other respects there is a singular similarity in the social figures as compared to last year, and there has been a marked increase in the number of families living abroad, 588 families now having residence abroad. A hundred and twenty-three families apparently are spending the Summer on their yachts. The names and descriptions of 651 yachts appear opposite the owners' names in the Register. Of these 371 are steamers, 78 schooners and 202 sloops.

There has been a decrease in marriages, 747 persons having married, as compared with 959 last year. The mortality is lower, too, 192 men having died, as compared with 211 the previous year, and 165 women have died, as against 201 deaths indicated last year.

The number of families in residence on he north shore of Long Island is 506, with 651 summering on the south shore and 815 at the Hampton. The Jersey coast has 516 families, Newport and Narragansett combined have 275 families and Bar Harbor 139. Other points on the New England coast show that 1,485 families are passing the Summer there.

Canada leads the list with 223 families at inland resorts, and the Adirondacks have 177 families. There are 56 families at Lenox and 135 at Bernardsville, Morristown and Short Hills, N.J.

Social Centre 65th Street December 30, 1921 (3)

The New York Social Register of 1922, just issued, shows some interesting statistics regarding the prominent families of this city. Upon being put to the usual biennial test, to ascertain the centre of residence of the prominent families of New York, statistics reveal that during the last two years it has moved half a block downtown to Sixty-fifth Street, the middle of the block between Fifth and Madison Avenues.

During the last thirty-two years these tests having been made from time to time, the movement north has averaged one block a year until 1918, when it stopped at Sixty-seventh Street. Two years ago the centre of the social population moved downtown a block and a half, between Sixty-fifth and Sixty-sixth Streets.

Now it has settled back to Sixty-fifth Street, indicating that the concentration of families in the large apartments below Sixty-fifth Street has more than balanced any growth uptown. This condition is not likely to be altered until a large number of apartments are built above Ninety-fifth Street, and people express their willingness to occupy them.

Comparison of the statistics with last year indicates a remarkable similarity in both marriages and mortuary items. There were a few more marriages this year, 871 couples having married as compared with 841 last year. There are noted the deaths of 221 women and 271 men, as compared with 215 women and 283 men last year.

The custom of affixing a star opposite those who have been honorably discharged from service in the late war has been continued, and there are more stars than ever.

The new Locater contains 160,000 persons, the names appearing alphabetically of all those listed in the Registers of the various large cities throughout the country.

Gain In Families Abroad July 6, 1922 (4)

This year's Summer Social Register, which has just been issued, indicates an increase of some eleven percent. in the residences by the sea shore as compared with last year, notwithstanding an increase of 20 per cent. in the number of families spending the Summer abroad.

About 1,500 families are spending the Summer on Long Island, 861 are along the shore of the Sound, and the Jersey coast has 446. At Newport and Narragansett there are 288 families. Bar Harbor has 118 and other points on the New England coast claim some 1,600 more. The Pacific Coast is harboring 285 families and in Canada there are 234 for the season.

There is a decided increase in the number of families living abroad this year, there being 700 as compared with 588 last year. Of the 638 yachts listed, 370 are steamers, 196 sloops and 72 schooners. Apparently 109 families are spending this Summer aboard their yachts as compared with 123 last season.

Shore and Yachting Lures of 1923 Society 7/6/1923 (5)

The Summer Social Register for 1923, which has just made its appearance, shows that there is a decided preference by prominent families this year in favor of the seashore and yachting. This is revealed by an increase of 13 per cent. in residences by the sea, and in the fact that 133 families, as compared to 109 last season, are spending the Summer on their yachts. There are ninety-two more yachts in commission this year.

Europe has been chosen as the Summer residence of 823 families, which is 123 more than last year, and these statistics do not include many persons who have gone abroad for a short sojourn.

It is interesting to note that there are 5,918 families at the shore, as compared with 5,206last year, and 5,705 living inland, as compared with 5,956 last year. In the grouping of the seashore residences the north shore of Long Island Sound has 1,061 families, while the south shore of the island has 623, and the north shore 583. There are 377 prominent families residing at the Hampton, 553 on the Jersey coast, 286 at Newport and Narragansett, and 1,952 at other points on the New England coast. Bar Harbor this year has 156 families, and there are 327 residing on the western coast.

Among those at inland resorts may be mentioned Bernardsville, Morristown and Short Hills, N.J., which has 157 families: Lenox, 46: Adirondacks, 260, and Canada, 311.

Marrying is decidedly fashionable. Since March 1, 1,129 persons have married, as compared with 902 last year. There has been a corresponding increase in the number of deaths, 290 men and 286 women having died, as compared with 250 men and 241 women last year.

In this year's Summer Register the names and descriptions of 730 yachts and their owners are inserted. As its name implies, the Register gives the Summer or foreign addresses of families in Twenty-six of the larger cities of the country.

Increase in Marriages November 29, 1923 (6)

The New York Social Register for 1924 has just been issued, and makes its appearance considerably in advance of former issues. Some of the social statistics of prominent families compiled this season show an increase in marriages, there being 904 marriages, as compared with 796 in the 1923 publication.

The statistics show 43 more deaths among women than were chronicled last year, but there were 13 fewer deaths among the men. The last number shows an astonishing number of changes of residence and the installation of the new telephone exchanges, which increased the work necessary to insure accuracy for which The Social Register is noted.

There are no changes in the publication from last year. The men who have been honorably discharged from the service in the defense of their country in the late war still have a star opposite their names. The column of "Married Maidens" in the back of the book reveals the present married names of prominent women, and, where married to residents of other cities, the city of the present residence is indicated.


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Article Name: The Social Register: "Where 'Best Society' Lives and Plays, Part VI"
Researcher/Preparer/Transcriber Miriam Medina


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