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Genuine Toots Shor Ashtray


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 is a rare, authentic ashtray, a venerable relic liberated from the legendary New York saloon. The maroon square ceramic ashtray has 4 cigarette rests and sports the "TS" logo inside and "Toots Shor" on the exterior side. (4 1/8" long x 4 1/8" wide). Handle with care, and pass down to the next generation.

“Anyone who hasn’t known Toots has missed something mighty important in life.”

                              — Ernest Hemingway

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