If you have ever entered or left the Hawthorne Hotel via the Essex Street Door, you may have seen this poster on the wall there:
My pay for a 49-hour work week as $5 plus tips. For the first few years I worked at the hotel the money was pretty good – at the time the
Recently a guest was walking by and she noticed the photograph and got very excited. You see, the man to the left of Charlie LaTulippe was her father, Armando Astolfi. The reason she knew was because their family photos contain the very same photograph, and she also knew the story about how her father came to be working at the hotel.
Armando began working here at the age of 16. After his time as a bellhop he served during World War II. After serving overseas, he returned to the area and went to work at the United Shoe Corp.
The daughter, Susan Astolfi Mack no longer lives in the area. She travels extensively due to her work. She still has family in the area, including her sister, which is the reason for her visit.
Here are photos of Susan with her father's photo. I hope you enjoy seeing how we continue to be connected to the area, and to the fabric of people's lives.
I hope you enjoy seeing a little bit more of the history of the Hawthorne Hotel.