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Hotel Velvet: 1904

Hotel Velvet: 1904

Old Orchard, Maine, circa 1904. "Hotel Velvet from beach." Note photo studio signage at right. Renamed the Hotel Emerson, the place "burned like oil" in the Great Fire of 1907. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Describes the style of architecture, perfect for a place you'd go to escape your cares and worries.

Lady Zamora

Other Shorpy views of the Hotel Velvet and Lady Zamora's fortune-telling booth at Old Orchard Beach: 1904, and Hotel Velvet: 1904 (s2010).

Oh my goodness....

I remember that type of peanut/popcorn wagon from when I was a kid in Buffalo, NY. during the very early 1950s, I'd get a bag of popcorn from my mom if I was good when we went downtown to go shopping.

Old Glory?

If you look at the roof of the cupola on the right side of the photo--the cupola without an American flag flying--it would appear that Old Glory has fallen from its flag pole and is now on the roof, draped at the foot of the pole. Is that observation correct?

[Seems to be. - tterrace]

Get yer red hot

The peanut or popcorn or salt water taffy wagon near the photo studio probably sold their wares for an outrageous nickel, much higher than non-resort stands. Wish I had that wagon today.

Velvet Kisses

On the corner of East Grand Ave. and Old Orchard Ave. in Old Orchard Beach. Hildreth's Velvet Kisses were put up and sold in yellow boxes at this location and were known to thousands.

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