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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Poinciana Palms: 1902

Poinciana Palms: 1902

Palm Beach in 1902. "Royal Poinciana Hotel, entrance." 8x10 glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

So Pristine

The is a perfect example of how some photos from eras gone by look so pristine that you wonder how it could have been possible for them to be so well kept up using the technology of the time. Then again, there are other photos that show so much dirt and garbage in the streets that it is striking. Were some places really that well maintained and others that filthy? It makes me wonder which end of the spectrum was the norm or if that fell somewhere in between squalor and verdant elegance.

[The Royal Poinciana's clientele were the wealthy; they were used to having things neat and tidy, to say the least. -tterrace]

And what is there at the site today

Condos

It didn't burn down!

Surprisingly.

It was torn down in 1935 when failing fortunes and the Depression killed it.

 
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