We natives always considered anything from Calhoun St. to the Ewing line was "Cracker Hill" AKA "The West End" The name craker hill came from the ritzy houses, with such high taxes, that cracker's and tea was the main meal.Last time in Trenton 12 years ago, this building was still standing and being used as a local bar. Fond memoies are what keeps us going.
Tom, to help with the date, the Ben Hur flick of my day, and you oldsters of the tribe must really know how the term flick came about and in one year I spent as a projectionist fighting the flicker was the first in the order of battle, was in 1959. There in the corner of the Hotel sign is a poster for Ben Hur and Wiki lists silent releases of the movie in 1907 and again in 1925. Seems the date in question was the 1925 release. This of course makes me wonder if I had any potential to pull my weight in your old unit of "crypto spooks" ... I did my time in a recon unit but only as a mech fixing stuff. They wouldn't let me near any of the "fun" stuff. ;(
Another thing was that pack of Fatima "cigs" at 15 cents a pack back in the roaring 20's. Our barracks in the late 60's back them, well a quarter would buy you an Olympia Beer or a pack of smokes. Only two vending machines in the barracks! We only made perhaps $85 a month back then but consider the price difference of only a thin dime in 1925. it sure helped in making the most of it for sure!
Was that a Fire Department call box on the pedestal?