Toots Shor Ashtray

Two Rare Items from Toots Shor Legendary New York Saloon

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  • Rare ashtray from Toots Shor, liberated from the legendary saloon
  • Plus a rare First Edition of "The Wonderful World of Toots Shor"
  • The ceramic ashtray with 4 cigarette rests sports the "TS" logo
  • The remarkable book celebrates the great men's club like no other
  • Ashtray measures 4 1/8-inches square; book is a 1950 First Edition

Handle with Care, and Pass Down to the Next Generation.

During World War II, New York Mayor Jimmy Byrnes imposed a midnight curfew for all businesses in the city. The clubs were up in arms, but Toots Shor calmed everyone down when he stated: "Any crum bum what can't get plastered by midnight just ain't tryin'."

In the 1940s and 1950s, Toots Shor's was the place to be in New York City. It was home away from home for the day's famous athletes, ambitious politicians, and Broadway stars. While some called it a restaurant, Toots called his place a saloon. Eat when you drink? That was a crime in Toot's book. The liquor was hard and the food was mediocre. The place allowed women, but they weren't welcome. The center of Toots Shor's was the man himself, burly, impudent, hard-working, high-spirited and sentimental, possessor of a great talent for making friends and enemies.

Offered are two rare pieces of Toots Shor memorabilia, an authentic ashtray, a venerable relic liberated from the legendary New York saloon, a white square ceramic ashtray with 4 cigarette rests, sporting the "TS" logo inside and "Toots Shor" on the exterior side. (4 1/8" long x 4 1/8" wide). Plus, "The Wonderful World of Toots Shor," a nearly-forgotten 1950 profile of Toots in a remarkable book by John Bainbridge, celebrating the great men's club like no other. Rare, previously-owned First Edition.