Ads Tout Pimento Cheese, Victrolas and the Hotel Lorraine


The advertisements in 1911 often were more entertaining than the news.

On Page 2, there was an ad for Asher’s Swimming School at the corner of 22nd and Walnut streets, while Sharpless Pimento Cheese was featured on the opposing page.

Moving ahead to page 10, Snellenburgs was selling the A.D. Preble Tennis Racquet for $12, while The House That Heppe Built  (C.J. Heppe & Son) touted the pianola supreme — better known as a player piano — with prices ranging from $550 to $2,350.

And on the back page, Lit Brothers advertised the Victor “O” Talking Machine, known popularly then as a Victrola. You might know it as a record player.

“$1 sends the famous Victor Talking Outfit to your home. Balance in Small Monthly Payments,” the ad reads.

At the bottom of the page, a building in the news recently is advertised: the Hotel Lorraine with “cuisine under the personal supervision of Mrs. Rosa Myers.” The building, which was constructed between 1892 and 1894, is being renovated. Now known as the Divine Lorraine, it will house about 100 upscale apartments.


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