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Hotel Pullman: 1900

Hotel Pullman: 1900

Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1900. "The Hotel Pullman." HELP WANTED: Sidewalk jockey with a good head on his shoulders. Not to mention arms. Hands a plus. Apply within. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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So did the hotel's beds fold down out of the ceiling?

Newspaper Rack?

The "box" on the corner in Summerville, South Carolina,, looks identical to the box on the corner here, down to the legs.

Newspaper rack is a possibility; however, in the '40s & '50s when I was a kid in the deep south the newpaper racks were open wire grid with a coin tube attached on one side. I never saw anything that looked like these.

Not shown: "Bathhouse Row"

Of course, Hot Springs was and is known as "Spa City" for its eponymous springs. According to this source, across the street from the Pullman and the Parlor Drug Store was the famous Bathhouse Row.

Talk about the silent treatment

That little headless statue on the sidewalk is cool!

Get Your Shoes Shined

I remember these shoe shine stands in railroad stations, airports, and hotel lobbies. The 'shoeshine boy' (just a name since many were adults) usually put on a show with syncopated buffing and using a whisk-broom to remove dust from your clothes after the polishing job.

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