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Hotel Velvet: 1904

Hotel Velvet: 1904

Old Orchard, Maine, circa 1904. "Alberta and Velvet hotels." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Scrabble, anyone?

Googling "quatility" gives over 20,000 results. Is our schooling really THAT bad?

Watching the train roll by

As youngsters we would watch the freight trains roll through this crossing. They were often 100 cars or more longer. I was told once that a train of 100 cars was over a mile long. We just amused ourselves counting them.


was apparently a brand of cigar!

How things have changed

This isn't the OOB I know all too well! I live right down the street from there. The main difference is the lack of wannabe gangstas with shaved heads, gold chains, and basketball jerseys hanging around on every corner.

On a lighter note, the building on the right (behind the tracks) has since been replaced with Palace Playland. If you keep following the road that disappears behind the trees, that brings you to the OOB Pier. There are bars & restaurants out there that are staffed with beautiful Russian girls.

That's Cute!

I love the kid getting the free ride on the dolly. That's just a nice man.


You knew it had to happen.

Railroad crossing

Look out for the cars. Can you spell that without any R's?

Danger! Do not cross!

Hand trucks full of steamer trunks may appear without warning!

What this country needs

Is a Quatility five cent cigar!


must have been turned off for that "quatility" cigar sign.

From the shredded flag

to the high grade Quatility cigars, this is wonderful photo.

What you look for in a cigar



Quality AND utility, perhaps?

Is the express coming?

The crossing gates are down, but nobody seems to care. Nothing like a train hitting a cart full of cabin trunks.

Quatility Cigars

With four times the tility of your average cigar.

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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