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    Posted 4 months ago

    raven3766
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    I love finding interesting things. Recently, I purchased Longchamps Restaurant matches. They came in a plastic wrap, so I didn’t bother looking at them. Today, two weeks later, I decided to look. I pulled them out of the wrapping and someone wrote inside the matchbook. To see May 21,1937, knowing that someone was having dinner possibly with the Mayor of New York. If you close your eyes, you could envision the Art Deco designs, waiters taking orders, people talking and clinking glasses. I couldn’t make out the other names, but maybe someone could assist. It would've been great to know who wrote this info on the matchbook. * Look at the chef faces at the tip of the matches.

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    1. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 4 months ago
      I love the graphics on old paper stuff
      You’re right cool Chef Heads
      Dinner from $o.75 cents ,
      I’ll take two
    2. raven3766 raven3766, 4 months ago
      Vynil, I bet the serving size was huge!
    3. raven3766 raven3766, 4 months ago
      Thanks for the love, Dav, and Anything.
    4. keramikos, 4 months ago
      raven3766, Cool. :-)

      https://www.drivingfordeco.com/new-york-art-deco-longchamps/

      http://lostnewyorkcity.blogspot.com/2007/05/meet-you-at-longchamps.html

      The writing on the matchbook looks like maybe:

      Out to dinner
      Fri May 21-1937
      with L Muller

      A Smith
      M Sheridan (this one looks like the writer made a mistake at the end of the name)
      & G.L.T.
      Went to Harry's house.
    5. raven3766 raven3766, 4 months ago
      Keramikos, I looked up A Smith and he was the Governor of New York and Harry's house, I believe is another restaurant. Thank you for the blog, I will post the matchbook.
    6. raven3766 raven3766, 4 months ago
      Keramikos, I just found another A. Smith. He was the President of the Empire State building.
    7. MMNJ MMNJ, 4 months ago
      The same Al Smith was governor of New York State and later president of the company that built the Empire State Building. The Longchamps chain signed a lease for a location in the ESB in December 1937, and it opened the following year. There’s a GLT Bauhan listed in the City Record for NYC in 1937 as a legal dept. employee, and a Mrs. GLT Bauhan was Senior Statistician for NY State in 1938. If those matches could talk...
    8. raven3766 raven3766, 4 months ago
      Thank you MMNJ! My goodness if matches could talk!

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