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Hotel Utica: 1910

Hotel Utica: 1910

Utica, New York, circa 1910. "Hotel Utica." Playing next door at the Majestic: "The Fortune Hunter." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

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Shiver running up my spine

So I grew up in Utica. Moved away for 20 years, moved back 10 years ago. I'm sitting in the lobby of the Hotel Utica with my laptop and this picture is posted on Shorpy.


What do we make of the small lights festooned around the top of the building? Holidays?

Really, I just wanted to use festooned in a sentence. I'll show myself out...

Revised and Retouched

This negative was used as the basis for a highly retouched print. Click to enlarge.

OSHA Panics!!

That fella hanging out the window on the left side of the building doesn't look like he's even wearing one of the belts used by early window washers. Looks more like a kid told to scrub the window. Scary.

[Look closer. There is some sort of chain or strap holding him in. - Dave]

The Fortune Hunter

Was a 1909 play written by Winchell Smith 1871-1933, who also wrote a play based on the novel Brewster's Millions.
The Fortune Hunter was made into a film in 1914.
More on the Majestic Theatre here.
Click on Grand Old Theatres

John Barrymore in town?

John Barrymore starred in "The Fortune Hunter" in 1909-10. This from "The Home Front Encyclopedia".

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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