Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 19 September: Philadelphia, 91 miles from New York

Sunday, 19 September 1937

91 miles from New York

Left Empire Hotel N.York at 8. Through the Holland Tunnel, under the Hudson R. Came along and struck some heavy rain. Scenery poor coming along, until just before we got into Philadelphia. Drove through lovely avenue of trees for miles & miles, very fine. And nice homes, nothing palatial. Arrived at [Parker] Spruce Hotel [apparently now a dump – see a documentary about the hotel], about 1. Had lunch, then walked around the town, took bus out to Frankford, very nice suburb. Got back had tea at the automat, came back early & bed.

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Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 12 September: Arrive in New York city

Sunday, 12 September 1937

Started off on our 250 mile trip to N. York, left the camp about 8.30, lovely driving, pulled up for lunch on the wayside. Had a good drive, arriving on the Riverside Drive, and the Hudson River on the other side, cars like ants, about 8 abreast could not move, could never imagine such thick traffic, and we struck it about 6 – New York is an eye opener, the buildings are terrific, after trying several hotels, came to the Empire on Broadway. 2 dollars a night, so we have booked in for a week, leaving next Sunday morning, the foreign legion arrives that day.

With the Spriggins and the Essex sedan, possibly 12 Sep 1937
Thirza Pidgeon (standing) with Florence Spriggins seated on the bumper of the Essex Sedan, New York registration 8XZ341

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Hotel Empire, New York; March 2013
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Hotel Empire, New York; March 2013
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Hotel Empire, New York; March 2013