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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Doris Eaton, last of the Zeigfeld Girls, henrys Wall of fame pt 5

THE LAST ZEIGFELD GIRL

She lived to be 106, and her photo appears on the wall at Mr. Henry's Pub in DC. Doris Eaton Travis was an American dancer, stage and film actress, dance instructor, writer, and rancher, who was the last of the acclaimed Ziegfeld girls. After Broadway she spent over 3 decades with Arthur Murray.

Dear friends, Mr. Henry's Pub in Washington DC has a large collection of entertainment memorabilia. Many famous dancers appear  on Mr. Henry's wall of fame. Dancers are featured on the pub's wall along with stars of silent film and vaudeville. This week the pub made it to round 3 in :The Big Tap" ..a national tournament for historic bars. Please help this pub, with it's large collection of silent film memorabilia, claim the title of America's Favorite Historic Bar!!!  Simply go to 

www.SavingPlaces.org/BigTap and vote for Mr. Henry's ...this is an elimination tournament and you can vote once a day for them. (Once there go to the Discover tab, then click on Historic bars...Henry's is listed under specialty bars)............Thank you for your help!!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Evelyn Nesbit on the Henry's Wall of Fame Pt. 4

Mr. Henry's made it around 3, as a nominee by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. I'm hoping my friends will help us by voting for the pub today. https://savingplaces.org

We have been sharing facts and tidbits about the historical characters who appear on the walls of Mr. Henry's. Most of the art is associated with a silent film era and vaudeville.

Here's an interesting one:

A lot of people ask us about the Woman with the Rose, one of the larger lithographs that hangs in the dining room. We believe that it is Evelyn Nesbitt, a photograph of Stanford white hangs above it.  Evelyn Nesbit was a popular American chorus girl and artists' model whose liaison with architect Stanford White immortalized her as "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing".

Nesbit claimed that as a stage performer, and while still a 14-year-old, she attracted the attention of the then 47-year-old architect and New York socialite Stanford White, who first gained the family's trust then sexually assaulted Evelyn while she was unconscious. Nesbit achieved world-wide notoriety when her jealous husband, multi-millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw, shot and murdered Stanford White on the rooftop theatre of Madison Square Garden on the evening of June 25, 1906, leading to what the press would call "The Trial of the Century"




Thursday, March 17, 2016

Margaret Gorman, 1st Miss America, Henrys Wall of Fame pt3

This week we were visited by Olivia Gorman, who posed by this photo of her great aunt, Margaret Gorman. 
Margaret Gorman (August 18, 1905 – October 1, 1995) is best known for being the first Miss America, from the year 1921. She was a resident of Washington DC.
Olivia's visit to Mr. Henry's came as the pub entered its first round of voting for America's favorite historic bar. The pub was nominated this week by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Margaret's photo is part of a large collection of entertainment memorabilia from the vaudilville and silent film era.  Henry's proudly displays her photo, along with other famous Washington DC stars, like Mary fuller and Rip Taylor.


Perhaps these little historical  treasures lead to the pub's nomination to The Big Tap" ..a national tournament for historic bars. 

Please help Henry's claim the title of America's Favorite Historic Bar!!!  Simply go to 

www.SavingPlaces.org/BigTap and vote for Mr. Henry's ...this is an elimination tournament and you can vote once a day for them. (Once there go to the Discover tab, then click on Historic bars...Henry's is listed under specialty bars)............Thank you for your help!!!


Vernon & Irene Castle on the Henry's wall of fame pt. 2

Dear friends, Mr. Henry's Pub in Washington DC has a large display of silent film memorabilia. Can you spot the famous ballroom dancers in this photo? Vernon and Irene Castle both appear in a photograph on Mr. Henry's wall of fame. The famous dancers are featured on the pub's wall along with over 20 other silent movie stars. This week the pub was selected to compete in :The Big Tap" ..a national tournament for historic bars. Please help this pub, with it's large collection of silent film memorabilia, claim the title of America's Favorite Historic Bar!!!  Simply go to 

www.SavingPlaces.org/BigTap and vote for Mr. Henry's ...this is an elimination tournament and you can vote once a day for them. (Once there go to the Discover tab, then click on Historic bars...Henry's is listed under specialty bars)............Thank you for your help!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Henry's Wall of Fame pt. 1

 
This year marks the  50th Anniversary year of Mr. Henry's. Under the new management of Mark Steele, the pub has undergone extensive restorations.

It was once mentioned in the newspaper, that Mr. Henry's had been maintained in a state of "arrested decay". Perhaps this was a polite way of saying that the old management never made an effort to fix anything, basically allowing the place to fall apart.

Under the new management of Mark Steele, the famous pub has received a loving restoration, with much attention paid to historic preservation.

As part of this restoration, we started an extensive community project to restore the artwork in the downstairs dining salon. The wall of artwork had for the most part, been untouched over the last 50 years, although some pieces had been lost or stolen over time.

The artwork at Mr. Henry's is often a subject of conversation among the pub's patrons. Did Henry have any plan in mind when the art was first displayed? Did Henry randomly aquire the art from rummage sales, or was their a specific collectors taste in mind? With Henry and most of the old-timers now gone, perhaps we'll never know.

There are a few things we do know, however, with a little digging. Most of the artwork on the wall relates to entertainment in the teens & 1920's, particularly the silent movie era, vaudeville, and burlesque.

Prior to the renovations getting started, Charles Epting paid a visit to the pub this summer. He was writing a book on Bebe Daniels, who also appears on Henry's wall of fame. Charles is the editor of Silent Film Quarterly, a publication dedicated to Silent Film. He helped us to kick start our restoration project, and his publication has also provided us with valuable info for acquiring new pieces for the Henry's collection.

For the last several months we have been attempting to identify all the pieces that appear on the wall. We've also been comparing the current display to older photos, in an attempt to identify what has been lost or stolen over time.

One lost item , is a photo of Julian Eltinge, on the back of the photo, was an authentic Sophie Tucker telegram. Henry's has fallen victim to a few thefts over the years, with photographs and lithographs occasionally disappearing at random. 

The task of identifying the artwork took place between August and January. Finally, everything was removed from the wall during the big overhaul in January. While the restaurnt's main dining room was closed in January, the picture backs on the most damaged pieces were completely replaced. 

There were a handful of items that were considered beyond repair, but for the most part, all of the original artwork was preserved.

This blog is an intro for a series of entries about the Henry's Wall of Fame. As always, I apologize for the numerous typos. I usually blog on short breaks, between work and practice, by typing on the iPhone. Stay tuned for more about the wall. 

- Mike