PIQUA HOTEL PAPER AND PRINT ARTIFACTS COLLECTION
MS-182, the Piqua Hotel Paper and Print Artifacts Collection, contains objects that were found in the Hotel Plaza-Favorite- Fort Piqua Hotel. These print and paper artifacts were found during the renovation of 2007-8 prior to the move of the Flesh Public Library. The library was previously located at 124 West Greene Street. In October 2008 the Flesh Public Library moved into the hotel to become the Piqua Public Library.
The paper and print artifacts found during the renovation include hotel menus, pictures and post cards, newspapers, books, hotel letterhead and notes, advertisements, gambling sheets, transportation and communication information and schedules, and small objects such as playing cards and milk bottle caps. Most of the objects in the collection are in very poor condition, and should be handled only when wearing gloves.
For a history of the Plaza-Favorite Hotel refer to Hotel Plaza: A Poem in Stone, 1891-1991 by James C. Oda.
SCOPE AND CONTENTS
MS-182, the Piqua Hotel Paper and Print Artifacts Collection, is divided into 9 series. It contains 30 file folders housed in one box.
SERIES 1. Menus and Recipes
SERIES 2. Pictures and Postcards
SERIES 3. Newspapers and Books
SERIES 4. Stationery: hotel letterhead and envelopes
SERIES 5. Correspondence
SERIES 6. Advertisements
SERIES 7. Transportation and Communication
SERIES 8. Gambling Sheets
SERIES 9. Small Artifacts
Series 1-Menus and Recipes
File 1. Recipes-N.D.
File 2. Menus: 1911-1924
File 3. Lunch Counter-O.P.S. ceiling prices, c. 1943
Series 2-Pictures and Post Cards
File 4. Postcards:
1-“A Typical California Residence”-1918
2. Post card in German addressed to Bliss Armstrong, Cigar Stand, Favorite Hotel, c. 1950
3. Black & White photograph of unidentified man-N.D.
File 5 Black & White drawing of Hotel Plaza-1891
File 6. Unidentified dog-N.D.
Series 3-Newspapers and Books
File 7. “Hustle and Bustle” by James Oda, 1988
File 8. “Ritual of the Order of Americus”-1904
File 9. Port Clinton Herald-September 30, 1949
File 10. Toledo Blade-October 1, 1949
File 11. Piqua Daily Call-January 2, 1931
File 12. Pieces of unidentified newspapers-N.D.
Series 4-Stationery: hotel letterhead and envelopes
File 13. Favorite Hotel: 1916-24
File 14. W.T. Hart Co., Piqua, Ohio-invitation to view “Exhibit of Smart Style”-1916
File 15. Envelopes (2) addressed to Piqua, Ohio: no letters, 1912-1916
File 16-Various cards/envelopes from outside Piqua, Ohio-N.D.
File 17. Various Advertisements-c. 1905
File 18. Various Advertisements 2-c. 1922
File 19. Various Advertisements 3-c. 1918
File 20. Various Advertisements 4-N.D.
Series 7-Transportation and Communication
File 21. Various Communications Media:
1. Western Union telegram envelope-N.D.
2. Favorite Hotel telephone directions card-N.D.
3. Crowell Publications (magazines) -1919
File 22. Various railroad communications-c. 1928
File 23. City of Piqua fire alarm boxes-N.D.
File 24. Buckeye Special Transit Co.-special trips by motor bus-N.D.
Series 8-Gambling Sheets
File 25. Horse Racing betting sheets-N.D.
File 26. N.F.L. betting sheets –c. 1990’s (found in Z’s)
Series 9-Small Artifacts
File 27. Milk bottle caps (3); playing cards (4); playing cards package-N.D.
File 28. Hotel Favorite Cigar Stand: money belt-E. L. Wegley-N.D.
File 29. Nougatines and Schinasi Brothers Natural Egyptian Cigarettes packages-N.D.
File 30. Miscellaneous small paper artifacts, 1925-56