Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hotel Seymour - New York

Oh, the mystery. The message reads:
Dear Brother, Tell Billie Henry there is another promising candidate for the Syracuse Crew arrived Monday AM 4:30. Can not tell you his name yet. Everything is fine. Best regards from five (5) of us
The Hotel Seymour, which was built in 1900, is no longer standing. I don't know when it was demolished, but I understand that its clientele valued the good food and service.


  1. My, my, my. How cryptic is this?! Wouldn't you just love to know the rest of the story? Your postcards are so unique. Thanks for sharing and for your comment on mine as well.

  2. Oh, I like this one Christine! I wonder what he meant by "crew" - could it be a rowing crew? You truly have an amazing collection and it's very entertaining to view them along with your commentary!

  3. Thanks, Amy!
    Yes, I think it's probably the Syracuse University rowing crew.

  4. Well, previous comments changed my mind. I was wondering if it was a job candidate. But I like the rowing crew idea better. Especially since it's addressed to Brother. Hmmmm....wonder why the change from Billie to Henry, though? That's the odd part to me.

  5. Thanks for your very cool posts of these cards. I agree that it is a crew team, especially because of the "4:30 a.m." reference. Crew practice does begin quite early...

    I came across another interesting post on an antique blog. It's a photo of a letter from a WWII soldier who wrote home to his mother in Brooklyn. Take a look:

  6. Can you imagine the hub-bub in the neighborhood when this big thing was built next to those little brownstones?

    I like the two lone cars on the street. Try to imagine NYC like that today? Would be a sea of yellow.

  7. what a beautiful scene. sometimes I wish I could be transported back in time just to have a look around at scenes like this.

  8. quite cryptic. I thought immediately of those college rowing crews. You see them in the Hudson River all the time. Or it could be a heist in the making.
    I don't know who's hosting PFF and I have to rush to work, but wanted to check in with you anyway. You have some great stuff here. I just posted an Old NYC postcard you might be interested in.

  9. I stayed here at the Hotel Seymour for three nights in June 1953. My family was in New York City to see off my older brother who was in the U.S.ARMY. We stayed at the Hotel Seymour because our last name is Seymour..Dennis Seymour Deltona Lakes, Florida

  10. Dennis,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. It really brings these cards to life.

  11. My uncle managed this hotel during the forties and into the early fifties. He and my aunt had no children, so I was the fair-haired child and allowed to roam the entire place - even being taught how to run the switchboard at age 9! Eloise had nothing on me!
    It is now the Sofitel Hotel - the scene of the DSK disaster. Don't know if the original building was demolished or just completely refurbished but it certainly looks very different.

  12. Thank you for posting this postcard. My aunt's exhusband used to manage this hotel in the 70's. I have many great memories of the hotel. :) It's too bad it was torn down.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. It's always good to hear from people who remember these lost hotels. If you feel like writing some specific memories, I'm sure people would enjoy reading those too.

  13. Thank you for posting this picture. My father was one of the owners as well as the manager of the Seymour Hotel in the 60's and 70's. I loved going behind the hotel's front desk and helping the switchboard operator with the old style switchboard plugs. Many great memories.



Related Posts with Thumbnails