A Summer Place: Newport

These Life magazine images of Newport, Rhode Island, date from 1962. They feature some plaid/madras jackets to get you in the mood for summer, a guy who looks like Tony Curtis (above), and, in the final shot, a visit from JFK, whose birthday is today. 

15 Comments on "A Summer Place: Newport"

  1. Jason E. Bruzdzinski | September 5, 2009 at 7:48 pm |

    Kennedy’s suit is ill fitted by any standard.

  2. It’s a blazer, and probably distorted by his penchant for buttoning the bottom button.

  3. Anyone know the correct name for that USN cagoule in the top pic?

  4. FrontPorchLife | April 27, 2017 at 10:35 am |

    The guy standing next to Kennedy looks a lot like Joe Biden.

  5. Pretty sure that’s Bus Mosbacher in the photos at second from top and bottom with Kennedy. It sure looks like him. Mosbacher was the helmsman Weatherly that year, so probably him.

  6. Jorge Suarez | May 29, 2019 at 12:43 pm |

    As these pictures show, the blazer and sailing go hand in hand. However, it is seen less and less in the general public and, unfortunately, within the sport of sailing. Here is an article from a world champion sailor commenting on this issue.
    https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2015/08/13/babies-and-bathwater/

  7. Jorge Suarez | May 29, 2019 at 12:51 pm |

    By the way, the gentleman standing next to JFK is Emil Mosbacher, the winning helmsman of the 1962 America’s Cup.

  8. This site seems like it only reblogs nowadays. No new content

  9. You must have missed yesterdays post Steph.

  10. Hardbopper | May 29, 2019 at 3:49 pm |

    Perhaps JFK’s buttoning of the bottom button is due to his not liking open skirts. I too dislike open skirts, so when I had my grail blazer made up, my tailor was very cooperative and made the jacket to my liking.

  11. Hqardbopper | May 29, 2019 at 4:38 pm |

    Maybe “quarters” instead of “skirts”, as in “double breasted jackets have closed quarters”. you guys know what I mean.

  12. @Stephen

    Been blogging 15 years across 6 sites and the tyrannical First Law still applies: you’re only as good as your latest post.

  13. I enjoy my the old posts. Keep em coming, please.

  14. Henry Contestwinner | May 31, 2019 at 3:55 pm |

    Kennedy favored Paddock style jackets and suits, which are meant to have both buttons buttoned. The design has higher button stances for both buttons; often, the lower button is on the natural waist. It makes the wearer look taller (not a concern for Kennedy, who was (nearly?) six feet tall).

  15. Michael J. Lotus | April 13, 2020 at 4:08 pm |

    I thought that WAS Tony Curtis for a second.

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