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Vintage photos of:
Aiken, South Carolina, circa 1905. "Park in the Pines Hotel." Of the resort's eponymous evergreens, it was claimed that "the exhalations from this tree exert a soothing and purifying effect upon the mucous membrane of the respiratory passages." At least until the place burned down in 1913. View full size.