As you might recall, last week’s Throwback feature about vintage area post cards originated from a recommendation by long-time resident William Makepeace, IV. As we worked through our post card archives, it quickly became evident that we’d have enough options to revisit this theme for at least another week. So let’s begin this tour with a stop at the 6-story showplace in downtown Sanford that began its existence as the Wilrik Hotel. Owned and operated by the Wilkins-Ricks Company, the hotel opened in 1925 and served business travelers and tourists for decades.
In 1923 the W.F. Chairs Jewelry store commissioned a series of postcards to feature the sights of Sanford. In order, here we see street views of Chatham Street, Moore Street, Carthage Street and Wicker Street respectively, as they looked nearly a century ago.
Finally … here’s a taste of deja vu. Last week’s column featured a color postcard of the Makepeace residence from around 1926. This week, let’s revisit the same location at the corner of Hawkins Avenue and Chisholm Street. A closer look at this black & white postcard from the same general era refers to the property as the Red Brick Tourist Home and identifies Mrs. W.R. Makepeace as it’s Hostess!
Editorial content, pictures and research background , compliments of Jimmy Haire and Images of America: Sanford and Lee County, by Jimmy Haire & W.W. Seymour, Jr, available here for purchase. All book proceeds go to Sanford’s Railroad House Historical Association, Inc.