Valentine’s Manual of Old New York, Henry Collins Brown, 1927

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 · CitC, gaz regan's library

Valentine’s Manual of Old New York, Henry Collins Brown, 1927

Valentines Manual 1927 New York in the Elegant Eighties - Copy

I own a few editions of Valentine’s Manuals, but this is my favorite.  Here’s just one of the fabulous quotes that can be found in this book:

An Outrageous Invasion Of Personal Rights

“The introduction of the cash register was regarded by bartenders as an outrageous invasion of personal rights akin to the tyrannies of George, the Third.  Previous to its coming, bartenders wore diamonds and after a reasonable period of employment, went into business for themselves.  The ‘knock down’ was considered a perfectly legitimate source of profit.  ‘Can I borrow a pair of pinchers?’ says a character in a contemporary variety sketch to a stage saloon keeper.  ‘Take my two bartenders’ is the ironic reply.  The better class cafes [accent] attempted to forestall the practice by giving the patron a check which he paid to a cashier at the cigar counter.  Of course a firm and touching friendship immediately sprang up between cashier and bartender with a coincidental return of the checks to original sources, and a clandestine division of spoils.”  Valentine’s Manual of Old New York by Henry Collins Brown, 1927.

Valentines Manual 1927 New York in the Elegant Eighties title page - Copy

Valentines Manual 1927 New York in the Elegant Eighties bar sketches - Copy

Valentines Manual 1927 New York in the Elegant Eighties Bowery - Copy

 

 

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