Manufacturer: Scammell China
User: The Walt Whitman Hotel – Camden, New Jersey
Date of service plate: circa 1928 – 1937
Notes: With the backing of the Camden Chamber of Commerce, 1,941 local citizens invested in the Camden Community Hotel Corporation. On September 17, 1924, ground was broken on the corner of Broadway and Cooper Streets for construction of a new eight-story hotel. On September 14, 1925, the new 200-room Walt Whitman Hotel opened with a week-long celebration. It was named in honor of Camden-born poet Walt Whitman and operated by American Hotels Corporation. By 1955, it was being operated by Knott Hotels. It is listed in the 1966 Hotel Red Book but not in 1967. On Christmas Eve 1977, the former Walt Whitman Hotel was imploded.
The Walt Whitman put special effort into providing banquets for the various civic and fraternal clubs in the Camden area. Some of these clubs met at the Walt Whitman regularly. At least two clubs, Rotary and Kiwanis had custom crested service plates for their meals. For these Lamberton China service plates, Scammell used a colonial horse- drawn coach scene decal panel border. The plates were customized with the club logo at the top of the border. There may be crested service plates for other clubs that met at the Walt Whitman.
dvrbs.com – hotel history
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Walt Whitman Hotel
Author and photos: Larry Paul