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The Hamilton: 1908

The Hamilton: 1908

Circa 1908. "The Hamilton -- Daytona, Florida." What used to be called a "tourist home." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Alas, the Hamilton is long gone and replaced by an all-too-typical Florida strip mall. But I wonder whether that big tree is the sapling we see in front of the old hotel.

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The Hamilton -- S. M. Mabbette, proprietor. 112 South Palmetto street. New and first-class hotel in all respects. Will open its first season December 1st, 1909. Rooms single or en suite, with or without private bath. Steam heat. Cuisine unsurpassed. Rates, $2.00 and up per day; $12.50 and up per week; special by month or season.

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I well remember these, travelling with my parents in the late '40s. Most small towns lacked a motel, but almost all had one or more of these; some were even endorsed by AAA. They were like a B&B, minus the food, the wine, and the charm. To a pre-schooler's nose, they smelled funny, too -- a mixture of Air-Wick, furniture polish, and whatever the proprietor's family had eaten for dinner that evening.

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