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In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Washington Post ran a regular column under the charmingly Victorian title “People Met in Hotel Lobbies.”
The premise of the column was pretty simple. Back then...coming and going through hotel lobbies was the sort of thing that marked a person out as someone of significance...So the Post had reporters whose job was simply to hang out in the lobbies of the city’s fashionable hotels, interviewing anybody who happened to walk by.
November 15, 1890: A former House member laments the tendency of modern voters to think for themselves
November 29, 1889: M.L. Parvin, “a bright mulatto” of New Orleans, argues a way forward for African-Americans that would be echoed in Booker T. Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise” six years later.
June 1, 1890: Have you heard Confederate veteran J. L. Vandiver’s Civil War stories? Don’t worry; if you bump into him in a hotel lobby, you are going to.
July 9, 1890: Charles A. Gordon of Mississippi offers an explanation for why African-Americans in his Jim Crowstate don’t vote: they are lazy.
November 28, 1889: Chicago tailor A.M. Denny wants you to understand that American-made clothes are every bit as good as those made in England, thank you very G-D much.
“Leading lawyer” James Hamilton of Mississippi assures the reporter that, while Mississippians naturally want to keep African-Americans from voting, they would never do anything to achieve that end as outlandish as extending the vote to women.
July 20, 1890: J.C. McKibben of Florida predicts that, one day, growing oranges in that state will be big business.
April 25, 1890: Thirty years before the Eighteenth Amendment brings Prohibition to the entire nation, S.W. Rathbun explains how it is going to go down.