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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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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.

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You have to be 60 and prove it.

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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.

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

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

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