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Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by Dinerman, Oct 16, 2006.
"Good to the last drop"
For "coffee trivia" persons:
There really was a "Maxwell House" (Hotel) in Nashville which served Maxwell House coffee. Construction started on the hotel before the Civil War, and a claim to infamy is that it was the first meeting place of the national KKK in 1867.
It was a large hotel for its day with 240 rooms.
It lasted around a century, and burned down on Christmas Day in 1961.
"Good to the Last Drop. The subject of this post is a peculiar association of Maxwell House with Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. ... Well, it is often claimed that Teddy Roosevelt, in 1907, coined the slogan after the coffee was served to him at the Hermitage, a famous Nashville resort that was originally Andrew Jackson's home."
Not sure if this is true or just "legend".
This reminds me of the signs uncovered in the old firehouse #2 here in town. It was originally built (in the early 1900s) between two existing buildings by adding front a back walls. When it was renovated for a wedding venue they uncovered the ghost signs that were on the neighbor's exterior walls.
I took these two photos of ghost signs in the historic downtown area here in Sumter, South Carolina today. I work close by and I never really gave the signs much thought until I saw this thread yesterday. There is another good one of a tricycle but the rain stopped me from getting a picture today.
The Nashville version of the Teddy Roosevelt "Good to the Last Drop" legend is that he was dining at the Maxwell House Hotel itself when he said that. Since the Maxwell House was the #1 hotel in town at that time he could have visited/dined there.
The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson's home) was and still is a place where Presidents visit when they come to Nashville, so TR could have made the coffee comment at one place or both or neither.
As the ghost sign indicated, Maxwell House Coffee made the most of the legend, whatever the truth may have been.
Two Roosevelt @ Port Aransas.
1898 ~ Teddy Roosevelt
Training in San Antonio and rounding up horses @ Mustang Island
now Port Aransas.
1937 ~ Franklin D.Roosevelt
Port Aransas fishing guide Barney Farley Sr., right, holds a 77-pound tarpon that President Franklin D. Roosevelt, seated, caught on May 8, 1937, in Port Aransas waters. Standing behind Farley is Roosevelt’s son, Elliot. At the helm is Ted Mathews, also a Port Aransas fishing guide. News of Roosevelt’s visit circulated all over the country.
Good for Life!
I may have already shared this one, I can't remember.
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I haven't seen it before or I can't remember if I did.
I took this picture in downtown Sumter, South Carolina this afternoon. You can see the clock tower on our Opera House in the background. I like the ghost sign of the tricycle.
^ Great photo! It makes me wonder if this specific stretch of waterway still exists and, if it does, how it looks now.
There's a "When you're out of Schlitz, you're out of pier" joke in there somewhere. Gimme a minute, I'll find it.
Sent directly from my mind to yours.
I haven't checked in detail for current "fotos"
but looks like there were/are several old buildings which might be converted to business offices or hotels.
The last time my wife and I were in Chicago one of her cousins all but insisted we accompany her on a boat tour of the downtown area because she had always wanted to do it and figured having a couple of out-of-town "tourists" like us was the perfect excuse. There are indeed a number of older buildings along those waterways (and throughout Chicago) that have been repurposed over the decades, but now it all looks so different from that 1900 photo that someone would have to know exactly where that Chicago Railway Terminal Elevator Co. building was/is in order to make a definitive comparison.
It's slow as molasses to get to the punch line....
(From "The Sword & the Dragon)
Before they became ghost signs.
1891-1900 of the intersection of Woodward Avenue and State Street in Detroit, Michigan. The corner store, with the interesting cupola, is Sanders Confectionary, opened in 1875 at this location (although expanded in 1891).