Located at 3 East 53rd Street, the Stork Club opened in 1929 as a speakeasy and soon came to typify the glamour of New York City and the cult of celebrity, a mystique it retained until it closed in the mid-1960s. Included among its guests and habitués were Walter Winchell; Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe; JFK and Jackie; Ernest Hemingway; J. Edgar Hoover; Frank Sinatra; and an array of actors, millionaires, mobsters, and others who sought and lent cachet to the nightclub. Club owner (and former bootlegger and convict) Sherman Billingsley's successful formula came to include showering favored guests with luxurious gifts, and he eventually marketed the club more broadly with signature items including perfume, cologne, and lipstick for women and shaving cream, cigars, and ashtrays for men, all imprinted with the club's signature image, a stork in top hot.
Gift of Edward J. Baraw and Vicent Forgione
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