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McSORLEY'S WONDERFUL SALOON
Duell Sloan and Pearce New York:: Duell, Sloan and Pearce,. (1943).. 8vo. 8-1/4" x 5-5/8". 1st edition. [10], 253, [1 (blank)] pp.. Red cloth binding with black spine lettering. Dust jacket.. VG+/VG (bit of chipping to spine ends).. Opened in 1854, McSorely's Old Ale House is the oldest, continuously- operated Irish pub in New York City. As a measure of its 'traditionally minded' owners, the tavern was men-only until 1970, when the National Organization for Women won a legal suit, thereby gaining admission [if not welcome]. By the time I had a beer or two there in the late 70s, the female gender had become a vital ingredient to a congenial evening imbibing amid general convivality, though McSorleys had yet to make any concession in terms of facilities- there was one... if a lady wanted to use it, she took her chances... the memory of the subsequent clapping on her exit, all the while the waiter was bringing 14 mugs of beer to the table [sans tray], is as vivid today as if I had been there just last night. . Woodcut vignette to t.p.
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