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Gallagher's Steak House Ashtray

Gallagher's Steak House Ashtray

$175.00

Gallagher's Steak House was founded in 1927 by Helen Gallagher, a former Ziegfeld girl, wife of Edward Gallagher (of the vaudeville duo, Gallagher and Shean), and partner Jack Solomon, a colorful gambler who raised prize Angus cattle on his Long Island estate. These were the days of Prohibition, and Gallagher's speakeasy was a gathering place for politicians, sports figures, and Broadway actors.

Once liquor was legal, Gallagher's evolved into Broadway's first steakhouse, with plank floors, wood-paneled walls filled with photos taken at Saratoga racetrack in the 1920s by C.C. Cook. They show horse owners, politicos, celebrities walking toward you almost out of the frame. The people walk hand in hand, the men in suits, ties and fedoras, long-legged women in wide-brimmed hats, wearing dresses down to their ankles. Among the photos of great horses there are War Admiral, and Man O War winning the Dwyer Handicap in 1920. They were fitting backdrops for a recent fete honoring Funny Cide when he was the toast of New York the week before he bid for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

Offered is a rare, circa 1940s Gallagher's ashtray, featuring the image of a racehorse.

Gallagher's Steak House Ashtray
Item #02333C

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