The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#32)

Every Friday The Psychogenealogist shares a "Pic of the Week." The intent is to encourage thought and imagination about the spaces where psychology, genealogy, and history converge.

This week's pic is of an unused postcard of the Osceola Gramatan, "A Distinctive Hotel" in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

I love early 1900s vintage Florida scenes like this one. It makes Florida seem more exotic than it feels today. And for many Northerners at the turn of the century it probably was.

Here is an advertisement for The Osceola-Gramatan Inn in a 1922 issue of The Atlantic Monthly (bottom left). You can scroll through the entire magazine for some context and sense of the time.

It reads:

A winter haven in sunny Florida.
Situated in a beautiful orange grove this new Inn with private cottages offers all the attractions of a southern winter home without its cares.
Modern in construction and tastefully furnished, we cater to people of refinement, particularly families. Cottages adjoining the Inn may be rented in whole or in part with full hotel services. 
Guests enjoy the use of the excellent Daytona golf links, delightful motoring, fishing, and bathing on the famous Ormonde-Daytona Beach. 

Where do I sign up? Here is a clearer advertisement below:

It appears that the Inn was relatively new in 1922. I am not sure if it still exists or what happened to it. A cursory internet search turned up nothing obvious.



  • Has anyone in your family every been to the Osceola-Gramatan Inn?
  • Do you have Florida roots in your ancestry?
  • How did locale, climate, and scenery impact the lives of our ancestors?
  • What ever happened to this delightful looking Inn?
  • Did your family "winter" in warmer climates? 

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