I stumbled upon a web site I had forgotten about once again completely by accident. Proper Philadelphia and The Real Main Line - it is by R.C. Atlee Home Media (whatever that is, whoever he thinks he is)-- the masthead has some amusing snob appeal (it's like name dropping on the web.)
Anyway, it's still a bit puffy stuffy in places but the photography is at least not so annoying to view. Philadelphia Magazine's "Party Pics" - is like a big view of What Not To Wear meets "can you believe the work she had done?" and while I have always loved Susan Scovill's coverage of events her website is now simply too busy with ad after ad so stacked on top that it is a chore to scroll down and when you scroll down "Susan Scovill" is almost neurotically stamped across the photos REALLY REALLY LARGE.
I know photographers are proprietary about their photos, but Susan Scovill should really take a peek at another website that amuses moi, Hugh E Dillon's PhillyChitChat . Hugh E has discreet stamping on his photos so you can see the photo but not poach, and he has locked photo galleries via smugmug where one can purchase photos if you so choose.
Anyway, peeking in this Proper Philadelphia website, I discovered something about a First City Troop Ball from it looks like 2008. Very amusing. Some people look properly pickled. Apparently they held another one recently.
Of course what it doesn't say is that no young lady wants to be in a drinking song of the First City Troop. If I recall what I was told, it was sort of like being a rugby queen.
Proper Philadelphia is a curious site, but I am still confused as to the haphazard nature of things getting posted on the site - like an afterthought at times....it is still not, however, much of a cousin to New York Social Diary, which as far as "high society" websites go, is amazing and fun.
The gent behind Proper Philadelphia also stars on a web page that is most curious - I will share the text as I discovered it:
Robert Atlee Hodgson (abt. 1980- ) American; Philadelphia.Very strange. But still amusing....
Born Robert Christopher Hunter Hodgson in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania to parents Bryan Hunter Hodgson and Sara Oechsle Atlee Hodgson. Reared in Philadelphia's "Main Line" section, still resides there. Sister Caroline. Attended preparatory school in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania before University.
R.C., as he is called by a certain set, sang on stage as a child and professionally before becoming disenchanted with fame. Now, Atlee Hodgson is noted for being wary of cameras (especially at social events). Atlee Hodgson was also, at one time, a promising young painter, following in the footsteps of his mother, an artist.
Step-grandson of Philadelphia businessman Robert Dreisbach, President of Mexican packaging corporation. Spent great deal of young adult life abroad in Mexico and elsewhere. Speaks fluent Spanish and French.
Noted for active charity work, presence on Philadelphia and New York's younger socialite crowd. Professionally, Atlee Hodgson is rather ambiguous. His source of personal income, if any, is unknown.
See further articles about Atlee and Hodgson families, including William Augustus Atlee, W. Atlee Burpee, Robert Hodgson I, and Brian Houghton Hodgson.