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Southampton's Collection of Bert Morgan Negatives – The Blue Haven “Twist Party”

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

On the grounds of Blue Haven in Southampton, there was a "Twist Party" held in a bomb shelter in the 1960's. This party hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Francis T. Hunter and it was decorated to make the inside look like El Morocco - a famous nightclub in New York City that featured Zebra-printed banquettes. The attendees were well-known summer residents during that era, including Duncan McMartin and Col. Serge Obolensky.


This New Year’s party was documented by Bert Morgan, and his photos are one of many sets of photos hosted on Preservica courtesy of LIU, with a special thanks to the Gardiner Foundation for making this project possible.



Francis T. Hunter sitting in the "Siberia" section

A dog, who also attended the party, joins Francis T. Hunter



Guests begin to gather in the "Siberia" section, with one descending the stairs entering the party

Duncan McMartin, dressed in a devil costume, pours alcohol into the punch bowl as Arthur (Mr. Hunter's valet) watches over him

Col. Serge Obolensky doing the Twist on the dance floor, among additional guests

The party setup at Blue Haven, with the name "El Morocco" seen in the background

View of the bar during the party setup


Guests seated at the tables in the "El Morocco" section



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I grew up there. My grandfather was the caretaker for Bluehaven he took care of Mr Hunter for many moons up till Mr.Hunters passing. I inherited a oil painting thats signed by L Lutz and i have no idea who this artist is. It was the first picture that my grandfather put up for Mr.H unter when he first purchased the property...when he had passed Mrs hunter gave my grandfather the painting. Its my prize possession . I also have all the original photos of these and of his hunting career not to mention his tennis career among other things. good times. its sad its not the same there anymore. now they rent it out smh

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malvevonhassell
malvevonhassell
28 dic 2021

Wow! My parents who knew Obolensky would have been amused to see this. Amazing story.

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lgburgess1973
lgburgess1973
28 dic 2021

wow....growing up in the 50's 60's when bomb shelters were the big topic..I do remember hearing about this famous la-de-da shelter at Blue Haven...never to visit as a "local"..will share this with others though...thanks for featuring...Happy New Year to staff...Lynne Godbee Burgess

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