Manufacturer: Unknown German Pottery
User: Hotel Seminole – Jacksonville, Florida
Distributor: Burley & Company
Date of match holder: circa 1914
Notes: The Hotel Seminole, on the corner of Hogan and Forsyth Streets in Jacksonville, Florida, opened January 1, 191o. It was ten-stories high, with 250 rooms and 175 baths. It had three cafes, and two convention halls, or ballrooms. One hall seated 500 and the other 400. Below the third-floor windows were terra cotta ornaments depicting the bust of a Seminole chief. Over the entrances, on the second floor of two facades, there were covered balconies. These were popular gathering places on hot days, before air conditioning was available.
When it opened the Hotel Seminole was owned by the Florida Hotel Company. By 1917, Ucita Investment Company was the owner, with J. B. Pound as company president. By 1946, the J. B. Pound Hotels Company was the operator. The Seminole closed September 14, 1967, and was torn down in 1974. A couple of the Seminole chief terra cotta ornaments were salvaged and reused nearby.
An unknown German company made matchbox holder / ashtrays that may have been used in the bedrooms as well as in some of the public areas of the hotel. The green transfer crest is similar to the terra cotta Seminole chief ornaments on the hotel exterior. "HOTEL SEMINOLE" is curved below. Burley and Company, of Chicago, was the distributor.
Match holder photo: Charles H. Sovine
Author and photos: Larry Paul