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Vintage photos of:
Colorized from this Shorpy original. I may not achieve the level to Dennis Klassen's Hotel Astor (Colorized): 1909, but I've been inspired by his perfection. I also liked the small details. My favorite here is the African American looking out, from inside the empty dining attachment. The half dozen bicycles, the colored Native American / Eagle friezes, and lots of horse poop; a sign of the times. View full size.