John J. Cavanagh was an Irishman from Chicopee, Massachusetts, and his original 23rd Street restaurant at the above address consisted of only an oyster bar with 12 tables. Tammany Hall politicians and prize-ring figures flocked to the place, quickly built it into a flourishing business. An early attempt to introduce entertainment in a restaurant via phonograph records met with disaster when Luisa Tetrazzini, Metropolitan Opera coloratura, created a scene over the "distortions" of her voice.
Once icons of hospitality and glamour, ashtrays are part of Americana that now belongs to the past. Offering an ashtray from the golden age of glamorous smoking, now out of use along with cigarettes, but desirable for its connection to the culture of New York City in the twentieth century.
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