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Hotel Algonquin Ashtray

Hotel Algonquin Ashtray

$295.00

Manhattan's Algonquin Hotel is a wondrous accretion of legend left behind by countless wits, wags, actors, playwrights, novelists and zanies. The 174-room hotel, opened in 1902, was designed by architect Goldwin Starrett. It was originally conceived as a residential hotel but was quickly converted to a traditional lodging establishment. Its first owner-manager, Frank Case (who bought the hotel in 1927), established many of the hotel's traditions. Perhaps its best-known tradition is hosting literary and theatrical notables, most prominently the members of the Algonquin Round Table, including Alexander Woollcott, George S. Kaufman, Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Heywood Broun. In the twenties, they lunched together in the Oak Room. But when they died or drifted away, there were always younger wits to dine in the Oak Room and younger actors to sleep where John Barrymore had slept.

The hotel has a tradition of keeping a cat that has the run of the hotel. The practice dates to the 1930s, when Frank Case took in a stray. Hotel lore says that Barrymore suggested the cat needed a theatrical name, so he was called Hamlet. Decades later, whenever the hotel has a male he carries on the name; females are named Matilda.

Offered is a rare ashtray, a venerable relic that someone swiped from the legendary hotel.

Hotel Algonquin Ashtray
Item #02260

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