3 Real Photo Postcards Devon Inn Chester County Pennsylvania Interior Exterior
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3 Real Photo Postcards Devon Inn Chester County Pennsylvania Interior Exterior :
These are three Real Photo Postcards titled "Devon Inn Devon Pa, and The Boulevard, Devon Pa"". Written very neatly in ink on the left margin. The cards are 5 9/16ths inches long and just under 3 1/2 inches high. The image areas are 4 5/8 by 2 11/16 on the Boulevard one, 4 5/8ths by 3 1/8 for the exterior shot, and about 5 by 3 inches on the exterior shot. The resolution is good, but the images are a bit sepia. The stamp area is outlined by the word "VELOX" and states "PLACE STAMP HERE".
The corners are in good shape on all 3, as is the rest of the card. There is some discoloration on the backs of the two outside shots, but it is fairly light.
Here are some snippets from the internet:
Following the successful development of Bryn Mawr in the 1870s by the Pennsylvania Railroad, similar developments were started farther to the west along the Main Line. Towards the end of the decade Lemuel Coffin and Joseph B. Altemus, dry goods commission merchants in Philadelphia, decided to undertake the development of the area in the vicinity of the recently erected railroad station named Devon.
The Devon Inn, the L-shaped building near the center of the map, was "a large hotel similar in its appointments to the one at Bryn Mawr" that had been built by the Railroad as an important part of the development of that area. The Inn at Devon opened in August 1882, and when it was destroyed by fire the following year it was immediately replaced with an even larger and grander hotel. It not only provided facilities for a fine summer resort, but also helped acquaint its guests with the advantages and convenience of summer and year-round residence in the area. A waterworks and ice house,..., were constructed to provide water and ice.
By 1897 a boulevard [now Devon Boulevard] had been built between the Devon Inn and the railroad station, bordered by trees on either side. Omnibuses met all trains to convey guests to the Inn. The grounds of the Devon Inn had also been expanded, to include the entire square bounded by Berkley, Dorset, Chester, and Waterloo avenues. The eight lots in the square northeast of the Devon Inn were now identified as a Polo Ground [now the Devon Horse Show Grounds], with a racetrack running around its perimeter. Beginning the following year, it became the home of the Devon Horse Show. Across Arlington Avenue was the livery stable of Dennis Sullivan, where a variety of carriages and other vehicles, as well as horses, were available for the convenience of guests of the Inn. By now there were almost forty homes in the town as its growth continued, particularly along Waterloo and Berkley avenues, and along Dorset Avenue south of Devon Avenue/Sugartown Road. With the larger estates to the south and southwest, not shown on the map, as the new century approached Devon was becoming a fair-sized town.
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