Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Convoy of Touring Cars Roughly 100 Years Ago

From the C.W. Witbeck Collection, MDAH. 

To my eye, the cars above are similar to the cars parked in front of the "new" City Hall in a linen postcard from circa 1910 (see photo left).  I am wondering if they were taken by the same photographer.  In the background of the featured black and white photo is the Inez Hotel, built in 1904.  It is an angle of the hotel that is not often seen in photos.  In the distance, past the gabled roof and to the left of the conical tree, is what I believe to be the upper floor of the old East's Pharmacy building, one of the town's only pre-Civil War brick buildings, which burned to the ground in the not-too-distant past.  

The old postcard to the left, which has been associated with the Eben Bee family, is, as with the one above, a part of the Cooper Postcard Collection at MDAH.  

What do these three old photos prove?  That "going riding" has been a pastime of Brookhavenites for more than 100 years! 

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