Stork Club, New York 1950s
"Stork Club: Sherman Billingsley’s “glammer school,” strict in its standards any infraction of good manners in punishable by quiet but prompt expulsion and permanent blacklisting. Even the atmosphere you breathe is specially cleaned and filtered. Lighting is just right and service incredibly wonderful. Food? Anything you desire. Drinks? Any brand you name. If your party is sizeable and squired by someone of the successful business-executive type, the waiter will look surprised if no champagne is ordered.
Layout consists of; islanded bar confronting you as you enter; cocktail lounge, off which are the glassed-in main dining room ( dining and dancing) and the Club Room ( small, quiet, seating only about 100) and upstairs a small Loners’ Room for singleton eating and the Blessed Event Room for private-party occasions.
The Stork Club opens at 11 am for the benefit of late breakfasters. Packed at lunchtime with the Cub Room operating on a men-only basis. Cocktail time, crowd has a choice of the bar, the lounge or the main room where there’s music for cocktail dancing – followed by music to eat to. If you’re elegantly thrifty in a leisurely sort of way, you’ll take the flat-priced five-course BT (before taxes)( Dinner. Should you prefer to be fed faster, there’s a BC Dinner at stepped-up tempo for theater curtain beaters. Dance tempo ( and cabaret tax) resume at 9 with never a skipped beat till closing, and with a continuous two-way traffic of Stork glamorites arriving and departing. Attire is optional but when tables are scarce, strangers may find it to their advantage to present themselves at entrance chain ( solid gold) in their best evening togs. A young college man escorting a dazzling goddess is sure to get in, because Mr Billingsley is proud of having his tables embellished by the fairest. Sunday opens at 1pm."
Courtesy Private Collection.
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.