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Bombay Bicycle Club: 1963

Bombay Bicycle Club: 1963

        "A little slow tonight, isn't it?"

Sept. 16, 1963. "Essex House, Central Park South, New York City. Bombay bar." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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Confessions of a Former Habitué

In my salad days, New York then having a drinking age of 18, I tossed back more than one double Jack at this altar of inebriation, but it was invariably a lot more crowded than when this photo was taken. Indeed, one good reason for a college student to drink there was that foreign air crews often stayed at the Essex, and the bar was reputed to be a favorite hangout for SAS flight attendants. Obviously, this picture was made well before the doors were opened to the first sots of the day.

Drinking Age

You have to be 60 and prove it.

You set 'em up and I'll knock 'em down

Things could be better, Lloyd. Things could be a whole lot better.

Bar back

I think awaiting thirsty customers we have Bell's 12 year old Scotch, Bombay Gin, Johnnie Walker Scotch, Bombay Gin, and Chivas Regal Scotch. Must be a lot more underneath the bar.

Mad Men

I feel like Don Draper may have met Connie Hilton here.

The Gold Room

"Your money's no good here, Mr. Torrance."

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