High Street

High Street, Georgetown 1900


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.  

Male guests of that Victorian period of etiquette and fashion had various forms of facial hair, dressed in tailcoat, trouser, waistcoat, bow tie and shirt with winged collar carrying walking canes and pipe for tobacco. Women’s outfits characterized by high collars, ankle length dresses extremely tight around the corseted torso and the waist, wearing wide-brimmed hats, covered with elaborate creations of silk flowers, ribbons, exotic plumes and sheltered by glamorous parasols of elegancy.

 [Read more: Historical Ads of Early Guyana]

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  • malcolm heydorn  On May 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Dimitri,

    The picture of the Tower Hotel, strikes a memorable reflection for me. You see the little car furthest right, partially behind the tree, is a Baby Austin of1931 vintage. My dad had owned one of these cars in the mid fifties; it was a great experience, and thrilling too. My real point here is that, I saw a for sale an advertisement on the internet a few years ago, for one of these cars, in Australia. The car had originated in England, and in the1930’s, had been transported to Australia. After traversing several oceans and one sea that car is now in working condition in my garage in Canada; I enjoy driving it around, generating all kinds of questions and comments. My dad must be “turning in his grave” each time I “put foot to pedal” on the road.

  • Maggie  On September 7, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Hello, Did any of you know Timothy & Estelle Mew owners & managers from Tower Hotel? Or any history of tower from those & before those days
    Thanks Maggie waves@coqui.net

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