Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fun From the Fifties

We love it when our guests share historic photos of their life events at the Hawthorne Hotel with us. This is one such case.

I met Maria Collins when I was doing table visits in the Tavern one day. She mentioned that she had been married here, and so I asked my usual question about photos, and shortly afterwards she dropped off her wedding album for us at the front desk.  It was dated June 2, 1957
Some of the details noted in the photo above are the use of open-flame candles, which are no longer allowed due to fire code reasons, and the use of a long, narrow head table which, while still used by some, has become quite old-school in terms of style.  If you look at the photo below you will see the ashtrays which were part of a standard table setting in "those days."
Here you can see Maria, and her now-deceased husband, Charles, sharing a toast, above, and a dance, below.  A detail that can be gleaned by looking carefully at the dancing photo is that there used to be terrazzo floor tiles in the Grand Ballroom (actually they are still there) but they were long ago covered with carpet, and the current owner has no intention of changing that custom.
I love the opera-length gloves on the bride, and the "shorty" gloves on the attendants in these photos, as well as the fact that they kept them on while dancing.

You can also see how the Grand Ballroom had a different paint scheme which was quite busy, and it had paintings such as the one that you can see on the wall in between the doors to the Tavern.

Don't you love this wedding cake, featuring not just the bride and groom, but all of the attendants, both male and female, all over the cake!
Maria chose to throw her bouquet from the lobby's grand staircase.   ( A note of interest to those of us who work here is that shiny metal door to the right of the staircase.  It was a door to the kitchen, and not a coatroom as we use it today.  We wonder where coats were kept?  Anyone know?)
Charles and Maria also posed for the traditional "garter" photo on those same stairs.
I love the glimpse of the band in the left corner of this photo above.  Bands in those days had cool signage for each band member.
In any wedding album from this era, there was the traditional photo taken of the bride and groom after they spent a few minutes changing into "going away" outfits, and the departure from the reception venue in a car decorated with tin cans and the like.  I love these outfits, complete with the hat and corsage for Maria, and the styling summer-weight suit for Charles.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse back in time to 1957, some 57 years ago, to a wedding at the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

And of course, I always hope to see you here.


Juli Lederhaus
General Manager

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