• Greetings from Newport


    A very good friend of mine passed this postcard along to me after my recent visit to The Breakers. Sent only 18 years after the mansion was completed, the Jamestown postmark reveals it’s nearly a century old. The postcard announces The Breakers as the “residence of Countess Széchényi”. By1913, that was certainly the case. Countess Széchényi (née Gladys Vanderbilt) was the Vanderbilt’s youngest daughter. Though she died in 1965, her daughter, Countess Sylvia Szapáry, maintained residence at her grandparent’s summer “cottage”, The Breakers, until March 1, 1998.

    Aug 31, 2011 | Permalink (3) Total Comments

    RobertCH left a comment on 9/12/2011 at 4:16 PM:

    Gladys and Paul Szapary, Sylvia’s children, still occupy the private 3rd floor of the house and own all the content on display at the Breakers.

    Tim left a comment on 9/4/2011 at 7:13 PM:

    Very Nice.  I love finding things like this.  I would give anything to live in that time instead of in our time.  Nice post

    Jim Kelleth left a comment on 9/4/2011 at 6:27 AM:

    Seeing ‘R.F.D.’ on this card takes me back to Jamestown in the ‘50s and early ‘60s (summers).  To make a call, you picked up the phone, the operator said, “Number please” and you gave her the three digit number.  Thanks.