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Original guest book from Lüchow's Restaurant, New York; 1950-1963
New York: Lüchow's. Some nicks and short tears to a few pages, one with tape remnants, expected drips of wine and/or coffee and evidence of celebratory tipsyness; chemise scuffed.. 43 folio leaves, approx. 13 X 11 in., printed in a grid allowing spaces for Name, Address and Comment and punched for loose-leaf binding; most leaves with writing on both sides; housed in original Lüchow's burgundy calf menu-chemise and custom cloth box. An extraordinary document of the heyday of one of New York's premier establishments, a mecca for the rich, powerful, and glamorous for many years. Lüchow's on East 14th Street was established in the nineteenth century, when the surrounding area was the city's theater district, and it never lost its connection to the world of entertainment. The founder Adolf Lüchow had died in 1923 and under the leadership of his nephew, the restaurant fell into a slow decline until it was purchased by restaurateur Jan Mitchell in 1950. The revival Mitchell oversaw was a great reversal of fortune and Lüchow's quickly became a place to indulge, and to be seen, when in New York City. The list of notable signatories of this guest register is far too long to reproduce here, but includes leading lights from the worlds of Broadway, Hollywood, Classical and Pop Music, and Sports, as well as important business and political leaders. Among hundreds of notable autographs, many with comments, are: Fred Astaire, Desi Arnaz, W.H. Auden, Lauren Bacall, Lucille Ball, Irving Berlin, Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, Van Cliburn, Montgomery Clift, Tony Curtis, Doris Day, Joe Dimaggio, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Benny Goodman, Jascha Heifetz, Edmund Hillary, Alfred Hitchcock, Vladimir Horowitz, Ingemar Johannson, Danny Kaye, Ernie Kovacs, Burt Lancaster, Charles Laughton, Liberace, Marcel Marceau, Rocky Marciano, Groucho Marx, Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe (?), Paul Newman, Richard M. Nixon, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Floyd Patterson, S.J. Perelman, Sidney Poitier, Anthony Quinn, Erich Maria Remarque, Eleanor Roosevelt, Simone Signoret, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, Gloria Vanderbilt, Carl Van Vechten, Billy Wilder, Thornton Wilder, Edward Duke of Windsor, and many many more including numerous academy award winners, and other stars from all fields. Must be seen to be believed.
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