Trivia Tuesday: A Day in the Life

Royal Poinciana  postcard, c, 1894

Florida historian Donald W. Curl set down a description of life as a turn-of-the-century visitor to Palm Beach’s grand hotels. You’ll see we’ve taken some liberties with his text. Can you pick out the correct facts?

Trivia Tuesday logo JPG“After breakfast, you went to the beach until lunch, taking the train/mule car/sand chair, and then in the afternoon you rocked on the porches of the hotel, where you met your bridge partners/Mr. and Mrs. Flagler/everybody that counted. If you were energetic, you went sightseeing/skindiving/climbing in the coconut palms. On the pine walk between the Royal Poinciana and The Breakers, or along the Lake Trail, you could rent a paddleboat/wheelchair/jitney to take you to Alligator Joe’s or Cragin’s Garden of Eden…

“Then you got dressed rather formally and went to the Cocoanut Grove at the Royal Poinciana for tea, dancing, gossip, and Mrs. Roche’s famous rum punch/coconut cake/moonlight serenade. Then you dressed more formally and dined at the Grille Room of the Royal Poinciana for dinner or to Bradley’s Beach Club. Colonel Bradley only waived the rules of dress if you were planning to walk back to your hotel/go night fishing/catch a late train.”

Answers: mule car; everybody that counted; sightseeing; wheelchair (see last week’s Tuesday Trivia for more about this unusual mode of transportation; coconut cake; catch a late train.


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