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Flowers on the Ceiling: 1906

Flowers on the Ceiling: 1906

Parkside, Pennsylvania, circa 1906. "Park Hotel parlors." Cellphones off, please. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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I wallpapered the ceiling of a small room at my house and it was the last time. I sure admire the pros that can do it seemingly as easy as they do walls.


Note the wallpaper on the ceiling!!

They're all dead now

All of those plants. Gone.

Totally Awesome!

I LOVE this room! It looks relaxing to me, I hope SO that someone will colorize this picture!!

Lots of plants

I am impressed with all of the indoor plants, and I really like the hardwood flooring.

Spring cleaning

It looks to me like they recently finished spring cleaning, and put out the summer slipcovers on the furniture and the one floor lamp, as well as fresh curtains. The carpets look as if they were beaten to within an inch of their life.

Thankful it's B&W

Visited Lincoln's home in Illinois. Could not believe the goshawful colors (orange rug!).

Walked out with the visual equivalent of tinnitus.


The gas chandelier is the absolute "latest" in style. The keys on each arm controlled the gas flow and acted as "dimmers." Worth a fortune today, as well as the marvelous oil powered "pole" reading lamps. The indented rockers, that are quite low, permitted "proper ladies" with their corsets and bustles to sit appropriately. The room is an incredible time capsule of the transition from Victorian to more modern times.

Planks a lot

That is the nicest wood floor I have ever seen in any of these old photos. A pretty room but rather "busy" for my taste.

Modern Construction

There is a steel beam under the ceiling. I can't quite make out what the mill mark is.

[PENCOYD! - Dave]

Nine chairs, no waiting

No loitering either. Looks as if the Park Hotel wanted its patrons to hang around its parlors as little as possible, if those uncomfortable-looking chairs are any indicator. Maybe the big money maker was the bar, one room over, with padded barstools and soft divans. Oh, and free nacho chips.


Golly -- same wood trim as our old farmhouse. I could just move in and relax, love the rocking chairs, we move way too fast today.

I believe there are nine

Two more to the right of the fireplace in the back, with just the curved bottoms visible.

Ergonomics 101

I've seen antique chairs with leather inserts but I don't quite understatnd the dished out design. Doesn't look very inviting, posteriorally speaking that is.

Not a place to linger in

The furnishings seem very fussy to my eyes and the seats not overly comfortable even if some are rockers.

Impressive chair seats

In fact, they must have made quite an impression on everyone who sat in them!

7 count 'em 7

Rocking chairs that is. And a lovely view of a more genteel era.

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