Friday Flashback #74

Once upon a time, (nearly) everyone smoked.

And once upon a time, (nearly) every restaurant and business promoted itself by handing out personalized matches.

Check out Chip Stephens’ vintage collection:

Some of these — Westport Bank & Trust, Three Bears, Manero’s, Sakura (!) — are long-time local institutions.

Some — Beefsteak Charley’s, Tanglewoods, Leong’s Palace, Premier Market — are great mind-joggers.

But Boss Tweed’s?! That must have been here for a New York minute.

7 responses to “Friday Flashback #74

  1. I have a 10″ bowl of different match book covers here at The Skillful Shopper — come check them out. I love them. My Nana Rita had a large vase filled with all the places should would dine. These remind me of her and her independent spirit. 🙂

  2. I am continually amazed that many restaurants continue to hand out boxes of matches — even though they are “no smoking” establishments, and, of course, few of their customers smoke. But everybody has to light candles now and again, I guess.

  3. At least there are no doctor’s offices!

  4. Boss Tweed had a home on an island in Greenwich harbor. The home is gone but the island is still named Tweed island on nautical charts.

  5. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    Charlie & I never smoked but we did collect both swizzle sticks and match covers. I’ll have to check our collection and see what we have. Really this is a trip down memory lane.

  6. We used to go to Connolly’s a fair bit, right up until they closed, they had a great salad bar. I also remember going to Beansprout, which I think was where Panda Pavillion was… That was a long time ago!

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