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New Hampshire Hotel: 1905

New Hampshire Hotel: 1905

Keene, New Hampshire, circa 1905. "Cheshire House." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

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When Did It Burn Down?

An inside joke for long-time Shorpy members. Happy Birthday, Shorpy!

I recognized none of this!

This was so unrecognizable I thought perhaps Keene was mislabeled -- but it’s not. Two-fifths of that bank is gone, and the entire hotel. It’s been gone a while because the replacement buildings are quite old too!

[The hotel is indeed gone, except for its grin. - Dave]

Aerial spool

Just to the right of the Cheshire House(.), directly in front of "The Kitchen(.)" there is what looks like a metal spool fastened to a pole, which is in turn fastened to a stone post. Can anyone identify this contraption?

[Appears to represent an apothecary's mortar and pestle to advertise the adjoining drug store. -tterrace]

I see it now. A brilliant deduction on the part of tterrace!

Lost Opportunities #3764

Time was when a person could earn a pretty good living making awnings.

I've always wondered.

Was there a specific reason that periods were used on signage of this era? Or was it just a peculiarity that sign painters always did and never questioned?

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