In 1997 I was asked to help clear the estate of a Kay Weldon whose first husband had made a fortune in air conditioning. Sotheby’s had already taken the jewellery for auction so I was asked to clear out the 17 walk-in closets of clothing! It took months to find homes for everything, but it gave me the opportunity to acquire some wonderful clothes, including this late 1950s gold lame brocade dress and coat.
The contents of the 17 closets became a clear barometer of this woman’s personal wealth. The early 1950s clothes were good quality off-the-rack department store fashions – slowly, over the years, the quality improved until by the late 1960s everything was French and Italian couture. The results of the history of air conditioning were in front of me; as more people went for icy cold interiors, Mrs. Weldon’s wardrobe prospered!
This gold lame ‘Jersey Shore’ couture dress and coat is labelled ‘Sydna Wynn – Boardwalk – Atlantic City.’ However, I couldn’t find any information about Sydna Wynn when I acquired the dress in 1997. Since then, the internet has opened research doors, and yesterday, with the help of some Vintage Fashion Guild friends, some information could be pieced together about Sydna Wynn.
‘Sydna Wynn French Salon’ was a shop, located ‘in the shadow of Hotel Traymore’ at 1613 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sydna Weintrob was born 27 Sept 1902 and married to Meyer Sakin, a lawyer, but she took the last name Wynn for her business. Advertisements for Sydna Wynn’s clothes, including sale notices of her end-of-season stock being sold through other venues, could be found dating from 1948 to 1966 (this probably corresponds to when she was in business.) Sydna’s sister, Esther Weintrob was a partner in the company but she lived in Miami, Florida since the mid 1930s. Both sisters were born in New York and died in Miami, Esther at the age of 89 in 1995, and Sydna, at the age of 94 on April 1, 1997. If you have any further information about Sydna Wynn, I would love to hear about it!