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The Racquet Club

Racquet Club Newsletters Collection

Racquet.Club.Painting.April.1969 Truman.Capote.Charlie.Farrell.February.1970Lilly.Farrell.Dog.January.1969Bette.Davis.Virginia.Zanuck.February.1970_1
Kirk.Eric.Douglas.February.1971Dino.Martin.Dinah.Shore.February.1971_1

Clockwise from Left: Drawing of The Racquet Club, Truman Capote and Charlie Farrell, Lilly Farrell, Bette Davis and Silent Film Star Virginia Zanuck, Dino Martin and Dinah Shore and Kirk and Eric Douglas.
Jacqueline.Susann.Rose.Wohlstetter.February.1971
Jacqueline Susann (right)—author of the The Valley of the Dolls—with Rose Wohlstetter.

Relive the glamor that was The Racquet Club of Palm Springs of yore. Opened by actors Charlie Farrell and Ralph Bellamy on December 15, 1934, the grounds, halls and pools of The Racquet Club would go on to bear witness to not just the brightest of Hollywood's sky full of Golden Age stars but also leading politicians and world leaders of the time. Instrumental to the history of Palm Springs and its development as a world class resort location, The Racquet Club today stands closed, but on the precipice of possible redevelopment. This collection contains a selection of The Racquet Club newsletters spanning 1969-1972.  For additional information on The Racquet Club:

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JANUARY 1969

APRIL 1969

OCTOBER 1969

Racquet.Club.January.1969 Racquet.Club.April.1969_1
Racquet.Club.October.1969

FEBRUARY 1970

FEBRUARY 1971

JANUARY 1972

Racquet.Club.February.1970
Racquet.Club.February.1971_2
Racquet.Club.January.1972