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Stork Club, New York 1940
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Stork Club, New York 1940

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The Stork Club was a famous and fabled nightclub in New York City from 1929 to 1965 that was owned and operated by Sherman Billingsley (1896–1966), an ex-bootlegger from Oklahoma. The club was the symbol of café society. Movie stars, the wealthy, showgirls, politicians and sports heroes, all mixed here. El Morocco had the sophistication, Toots Shor's had the sporting crowd, but the Stork Club mixed power, money and glamour. Unlike its competitors, the Stork stayed open on Sunday nights and also during the summer months. 
This menu is a subtler expression of the Stork Club sensibility than the famous Albert Dome double page illustration of stars of film, politics, and social status that would appear on the Stork Club menu cover from the later 1940s on. There is a certain charm here though with the two nesting storks showing their own kind of sophistication as they gaze over a provincial town that could be anywhere in the U.S. or even in the south of France.
The Stork Club was never short on gossip or anecdotes that the public would regularly and eagerly consume. One night in 1940, back in New York, Hemingway had grandiosely tried to pay his bar bill at the Stork with a $100,000 royalty check he had gotten for the screen rights to For Whom the Bell Tolls. (A hundred thousand dollars in 1940 would be $1.2 million today.) Billingsley shook his head; no way he could cash that check, not then. But if Hemingway could wait until closing time ... Then, amazingly, Billingsley did cash it, although it is hard to imagine how, with the club then grossing —officially, anyway —by Billingsley's account, $3,500 a night. Now Billingsley needed a favor back. Could Hemingway recommend a good lawyer in Key West? There was this Stork Club there ...(From Ralph Blumenthal’s book, Stork Club).
 

Courtesy The Culinary Institute of America

Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom printed with border for matting and framing.

All printed in USA.

Each print is accompanied by a copy of the interior menu.