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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Hotel Marion: 1908

Hotel Marion: 1908

Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1908. "Hotel Marion." Demolished in 1980. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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And what a pity it's gone now.

That mezzanine open patio looks very inviting.

Double Implosion

I watched the implosion of the Marion Hotel and also the 14 story Grady Manning Hotel as they went off simultaneously. The hotels were on the same block and now the Peabody Hotel and Statehouse Convention Center occupy that space.

Three observations

1. The life of this building was about the same as that expected of a human being, approximately three score and ten.

2. "Miss Jones, next time you contact our supplier, please order another 144 pairs of identical curtains."

3. Be our transitory window display simply by occupying a chair in the window and be looked at for as long or short a time as you wish.

This One Didn't Catch On Fire Either

It was imploded in 1980.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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