Historical Hotel Ads of Early Guyana – by Dmitri Allicock

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By: Dmitri Allicock

A picture may paint a thousand words but ads written from over a century ago lend a kind of majesty to that vintage age of early Guyana and capture so well the essence and that flavor of passing time.

For the travelers of British Guiana in the late 1800s and early 1900s these historical hotel’s advertisements served the practical purposes for lodging and comfort away from home. Hotels would have provided basic accommodation, a room with bed, a cupboard, a small table, washstand and cutting edge technology of electrical lighting plus furnishing like a billiard table, drawing and stylish dining room for passengers arriving by steamer.

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  • Olive Sampson  On 05/09/2014 at 3:37 pm

    Jiri, Ali – This is a really interesting article about British Guiana history – a time when your great-grandfather was considered a successful business man among the many listed. While others ran hotels, in addition to being a school principal, he owned a stable of horses and rented both horses and carriages (like a taxi service), became a real estate investor (owned and rented houses, owned a coconut plantation and leased farm land and residential land). He certainly knew Ms Rodway and her family- featured in the article, because I grew up knowing them as friends of the family.

    Hope this gives you a glimpse into your family history and a window onto a different time in Guyana and the world.


  • Dmitri Allicock  On 05/10/2014 at 1:25 am

    Thanks Olive.

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