About 20 years ago the old Kelsey family house on Abraham’s Landing Road, Amagansett, was about to be demolished. The family’s furniture and belongings had been removed, but a tenant taking a last look around spotted an old suitcase, Inside it was a box of old photographs.
That box of old photographs found their way into the hands of a Kelsey family friend, Dell Cullum. He was captivated by the images of family life in Amagansett around 1913 to 1916, and he discovered that the photographs had been taken by Sylvester and Cora Kelsey, early fans of the new hobby of photography.
Dell has had a selection of those photographs enlarged and printed. They will be on display in the Amagansett Historical Association’s Richard S. Jackson Carriage House from Saturday May 4 through to the end of June.
They show an Amagansett in a different time, almost a different world. They show ordinary people, Amagansett residents, enjoying their summer beach time when life was more relaxed, and long before Amagansett became part of “The Hamptons.”
The exhibit will be open to the policy on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 10 AM until 4 PM through the end of June. There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 3, from 5 to 7.