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Halcyon Hotel: 1912

Halcyon Hotel: 1912

January 29, 1912. "Halcyon Hotel, 12th Street and Avenue B, Miami, Florida." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Avenue B and Model B (or K)

That looks to be an example of Ford's early and ill-fated foray into the high-priced car market, the 1906-1908 Model K, out in front. Or it could be the earlier 1904-1906 Model B. Neither sold well due to the high price. The K had a 6-cylinder front-mounted engine with about 40 horses and cost the equivalent of about $64,000 to $77,000 in today's money. People wanted Fords to be cheap. The next thing they came out with was the Model T.

I am a novice at identifying Brass Era cars, but it looks to me like the car on the right, with the rear end facing the camera, might well be another Ford of the exact same type, but with the windshield folded down or removed.

Wild Horse

I doubt if the photographer noticed it at the time but the potted plant at the foot of the steps gives the horse on the right quite a fright wig!

Hotel Halcyon - 1902-1939

Lots of great pictures of the Hotel Halcyon here.


But what a replacement! The Halcyon Hotel was never particularly profitable. It lasted from 1910 to 1939 and was replaced by a Depression Era masterpiece, the Alfred I. Dupont Building. Here is a period postcard.

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