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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Grand Hotel: 1908

Grand Hotel: 1908

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1908. "Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel." All this needs is some icing and a bride and groom on top. View full size.

 

Profit can be a HUGE motive

This 1753-room casino (Bally's Atlantic City) replaced it.

Whoa Nouveau!

That's grand, all right. If I ever get my time machine working, I'm using Shorpy as the GPS.

Inn-cinerator

I hope those twin towers at the front are smokestacks -- to have them belching oodles of black smoke would complete the sinister look!

So hard to imagine

These things ever existed. Thank God these photos do.

A King's Ransom

I'll bet that penthouse suite cost $10 or $12 a night!

No, No, Nanette!

This fabulous hotel had famously fabulous afternoon teas. Irving Caesar wrote the words to the song "Tea for Two" here in the hotel's lobby in 1925.

What the heck

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce on the Boardwalk ?

Fabulous!

Up till then, the largest reinforced concrete building in the world.

Razed in 1979.

 
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