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Catalog Number H2007.0091.0001
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description This black and white copy of a photograph depicts the interior of Cottrell's Restaurant c.1901.

Large patterned Victorian wallpaper lines the room with horizontal beadboard along the back wall. Rick rack trim adorns the ceiling. A large wainscotted counter runs down the center of the room with fixed stools (7 in view). The stools have metal bases and wooden seats.

Two men stand behind the counter in white coats and button-up shirts with ties. A large coffee urn, pot, mug, and enamelware coffeepot are in view. Two sets of condiment settings are on the counter. A man sits on a bar stool. Behind is a counter fixed to the wall with similar bar stools and a porcelain wall sink. A woman talks on a battery-operated telephone. She wears her hair up into a bun and a long black dress (Gibson style). Tables with bow-back chairs are seen in the background. White tablecloths on the tables.

A menu board is posted at center of the room reading "Bill of Fare. Chicked Sandwich 10. Sardine 10. Ham 5. Cheese 5. Pork 5. Frankfort 5. Lamb's Tongue 10. Pigs Feet 10. Baked Beans 10. Raw Oysters 20. Fried Oysters 25. Stewed Oysters 25. / One egg & toast 10. Two eggs 15. Eggs fried 10. [Eggs] boiled 10. Three doughnuts 5. Pie 5. Tea. Coffee. Cocoa. Milk".

Back side of photo inscribed in pencil "Cotrell's Restaurant. Bank Square. c.1901-1902. Left to right: Jack Ryan- Jack O'Neill, Tommy Clare, Mrs. Cotrell. Note the two telephones- New England & Citizens"
Collection Childs Collection
Earliest Date 1901
Latest Date 1902
Place Main Street, Bank Square
Repository from the collection of Laconia Historical & Museum Society, Inc.
People Ryan, Jack
O'Neill, Jack
Clare, Tommy
Cottrell, Irving M.
Cottrell, (Mrs. Irving)
Search Terms Bank Square
Main Street
Cottrell's Restaurant
Subjects 1900s
Restaurant workers
Coffee pots
Telephone companies
Diners (Restaurants)
Dining rooms