Tag Archives: Albert Hubbell

1 Wilton Road: Through The Years

1 Wilton Road — the former needlepoint shop that’s part of the reason that intersection with the Post Road and Riverside Avenue is the worst in Westport the state the world — has been in the news lately.

David Waldman hopes to buy the property, and move the house onto the former Save the Children site (which he already owns). That will pave the way (ho ho) for a dedicated turning lane, easing (somewhat) the current gridlock.

Right now, everyone in Westport loathes that corner. But 50 years ago, local illustrator Albert Hubbell found it soothing, even bucolic. His stylized illustration became the New Yorker cover on January 9, 1965. It’s also part of the great “New Yorker in Westport” book by Eve Potts and Andrew Bentley, depicting 50 magazine covers by area artists.

New Yorker cover - Jan 9, 1965 - Wilton Road and Post Road

Ten years later — on Christmas Day, 1975 — Fred Cantor found it alluring too. Here’s his photo:

Wilton Road and Post Road intersection - 1975

That corner sure looks pretty — without traffic.

But with that thing we did have every winter. It was — how do say it — “snow”?

The New Yorker’s Westport Summer

As summer fades into the rear view mirror, here’s one last look back. Forty years ago, local artist Albert Hubbell’s Compo Beach illustration served as a New Yorker magazine cover:

New Yorker cover

That August 20 cover is intriguing. Eleven days earlier — rocked by Watergate — Richard Nixon had resigned as president.

I remember hearing (on a transistor radio) news reports of his humiliating departure from Washington, DC.

Where was I standing that day? In the middle of the Compo Beach pavilion, pictured above.

POST SCRIPTThat was a great tie-in, huh? Except alert and very history-conscious “06880” reader Tommy Greenwald just told me that Nixon resigned in 1974, not ’73.

My bad.