Exchange Buffet blotter

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Description (Brief)
A blotter pad with a celluloid cover. It's an advertising novelty for the Exchange Buffet, a restaurant catering to businessmen. Advertising copy and the restaurant's trademark are printed on the cover.
The Exchange Buffet opened its doors in 1885 at 7 New Street in Manhattan. It was a men-only establishment. There were no tables, so diners stood to eat. This was the first self-service restaurant, a forerunner to the modern cafeteria. By 1921 Exchange Buffets operated in 34 locations. The company was still in business in 1957.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1905-1921
maker
Whitehead & Hoag Company
place made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (cover material)
paper (pad material)
Measurements
overall: 7.8 cm x 20 cm x .5 cm; 3 1/16 in x 7 7/8 in x 3/16 in
overall: 1/4 in x 7 3/4 in x 3 1/8 in; .635 cm x 19.685 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
2006.0098.1409
catalog number
2006.0098.1409
accession number
2006.0098
subject
Restaurants
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Celluloid
Advertising
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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