In his book The Long Weekend, author Robert Graves explored the period in England between the two great wars to explain how Europe slipped into a malaise that would inevitably end in another war. America had its own long weekend between 1918 and 1940 - a period that included Lindberg's flight to Paris and the Great Depression and ended with the 1939 World's Fair.
Vincent Edward Scott's photographs documented these events: the parade heralding Lindbergh's triumphant return from Paris, the ocean liner the Normandie steaming into port after breaking the Atlantic crossing record on her maiden voyage, and the optimism of the 1939 World's Fair.
Scott's subject matter ranged from scenes of domestic life to photos of history in the making. He was mesmerized by the modern world and captured it in images of planes as well as in images of New York City skyscrapers. He also documented Americans at leisure: his best works include scenes of New Yorkers ice skating in Central Park and bathers vacationing on Fire Island.
Scott's photography is deliberate and slightly detached. His photographs are the work of a serious amateur in the best sense of the word. While Scott was obviously aware of other artists and photographers working in his era (as evidenced by some of the themes and techniques in his work including Auto Row and Lily Pads), something that sets his work apart from that of other hobbyists is the large format camera that he continued to use even after smaller roll film was available. His work is also unique in the number of self-portraits he created; these include Scott in places such as Paris and Coney Island.
The Scott collection contains more then 2500 negatives on 4" X 5" film. Only a few vintage prints remain.