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Hotel Roosevelt Ashtray

Hotel Roosevelt Ashtray

$129.00

Named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt and designed by George B. Post & Son, the stately Hotel Roosevelt was at one time linked with Grand Central Terminal by way of an underground passage that connected the hotel to the train terminal. The Roosevelt housed the first guest pet faculty and child care service in The Teddy Bear Room and had the first in-house doctor.

Guy Lombardo performed “Auld Lang Syne” for the first time in the hotel’s Roosevelt Grill, which was open from 1927 to 1958, and Lawrence Welk began his career at the Roosevelt in the summers while Lombardo took his music to Long Island. Music was piped live into each room via radio. Conrad Hilton purchased the Roosevelt in 1943 calling her "a fine hotel with grand spaces" and even though he eventually owned many other hotels in New York (The Plaza and The Waldorf-Astoria), he choose the Roosevelt's Presidential Suite as his home. In 1947, the Roosevelt became the first hotel to have a television set in every room.

From 1943 to 1955 the Roosevelt served as the New York City office and residence of Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Dewey's primary residence was his farm in upstate New York, but he used Suite 1527 in the Roosevelt to conduct most of his official business in the city. In the famous 1948 presidential election, Dewey, his family, and staff listened to the election returns in Suite 1527 of the Roosevelt; in the election Dewey lost to incumbent President Harry Truman in one of the greatest political upsets in American history.

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

Hotel Roosevelt Ashtray
Item #02253

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