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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Dinner Is Served: 1901

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Dinner Is Served: 1901

New Baltimore, Michigan, circa 1901. "The Firs -- dining room." This house's amenities included radiant heat, Edison lamps and much wood. Bon appetit! 8x10 dry plate glass inch negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Firs

To my understanding that basement room was once a speakeasy. I have been in that home as back in the early 2000's when I bought a whole basement full of ceramic molds there. A family had bought it and was in the process of redoing the house. It still had all the original woodwork. All the basement rooms were said to have been used as ladies-in-waiting areas. My husband went up in the widow's walk. It was a really beautiful home in need of a lot of care.

The Dutch Door

And other charming touches, the dinnerware displayed on the wall, the window seat, the pretty little casement on the near right, the rustic floor make this an inviting and cozy room in which to dine! Bet it smells good in there, too!

I don't know why

But this room reminds me of the inside of a caboose. Glad to get the comment from CharlieB, because we have seen a lot of elevated radiators in Shorpy pics and I have been curious as to why they would be that high off the floor.

"Dinner is served"

in the "Low Head Room"

Steamed Up

Apparently the radiator is set high because of the level of the boiler. The condensate water must drain back to the boiler, no pump in this system. Better than no heat at all.

Hathaway House

Or Hatheway House. Eitherway, house reputed to have been haunted.

Heat Rises

Someone put the "radiant heat" a bit too high up.

Plenty of Elbow Room

Looks a bit sparse. Wonder what the wait time is?

The Firs

I grew up in New Baltimore. The Firs was briefly a bed and breakfast at some point. It was built for the Hathaway family. New Baltimore is on Lake St. Clair. Sadly, the mansion was torn down several years ago.

 
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