Bartender Wanda Lohman, known as "Miss Wanda," worked at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge from 1960 to 1984. The walls of Tootsie's became a kind of community scrapbook. Tootsie, like her patrons, was a fan of country music. She collected autographs, posters, record albums, and photographs. Patrons, family, and friends contributed their comments and added photos.
Currently not on view
Horenstein, Henry
Place Made
United States: Tennessee, Nashville-Davidson
Associated Place
United States: Tennessee, Nashville-Davidson, Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 16 in x 20 in; 40.64 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Horenstein, Henry
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Cultures & Communities
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History


While on a business trip me and some friends stopped in at Tootsie's. While there we meet a lady who introduced herself as Wanda "The First Bar Maid At Tootsie's "). At the time I didn't know Wanda was so well known. She said she was good friends with Jim Reeves so I ask her if she could sing us a song. She said if I knew an old one she would do it if I put $2.00 in the tip jar. So I said do you know Honkey Tonk Angel. After I put my @2.00 in the tip jar Wanda went on stage and begin to sing Honkey Tonk Angel. I now know I meet an icon of Tootsie's after seeing her being interviewed on TV. I hope she is still with us since she was such an interesting lady.
What do you have on Miss Wanda? Articles? Pictures?
Thank you John for such wonderful comments regarding "Miss Wanda ". She loved Tootsie's and all the patrons who passed in and out the doors of the "Orchid Lounge ". She was indeed a 'Special Lady ". I know ..... she was my mom :)

Add a comment about this object