Exchange Buffet blotter

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
Object Name
blotter
date made
1905-1921
maker
Whitehead & Hoag Company
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
place made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
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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