Once little more than a steamy, tropical jungle, Palm Beach was transformed in the early twentieth century by industrialist Henry Flagler and a handful of architects into a playground for the famous, wealthy, and powerful. There, in the garden of earthly delights, celebrities and capitalists enjoyed a variety of leisure and recreational activities--from parties and tennis to sunbathing and dining--and stayed in the most opulent accommodations ever conceived and constructed. Many who loved this lifestyle became part-time residents and built palatial homes for the winter months. To this day, Palm Beach remains one of America's toniest and most exclusive resorts.
About the Author Thuma, Cynthia: - In Palm Beach, author Cynthia Thuma has combined over 180 vintage postcard views with informative captions to celebrate the people and places, the glamour and glitz of Palm Beach and the unique history that has made this thriving city into a truly American "Fantasy Island." Captured--and sometimes enhanced--in these nostalgic mementos and souvenirs, the story of Palm Beach's past will surely entertain both residents and visitors alike.