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Gingerbread Hotel: 1904

Gingerbread Hotel: 1904

1904. "Hotel Velvet, Old Orchard, Maine." The seaside resort and its ocean pier. Three years later, in a denouement that Shorpyites can recite in their sleep, the place burned to the ground. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.


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Added information of the fire.

The great fire of 1907 actually burned the entire beachfront including this hotel.

Lousy fires.

I have a strong feeling that most of these old structures would have been torn down regardless. Most unfortunate because they truly are wonderful buildings.

Golly, what a nice day.

A mile of balcony and nobody sitting outside.

History Repeats itself

We were there on vacation on July 19, 1969 when the pier burnt.

It's a giant peanut

I can't find much about Peanutine on the interwebs, but it appears to have been a peanut confection sold in Maine from these charming peanut-shaped donkey carts in the early part of the 20th century.

Is he riding a giant pickle?

or is that some other native flora from Maine?

[Mr. Peanutine. - Dave]

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