Sally Rand

Superb vintage signed photograph of burlesque fan dancer Sally Rand, most probably to Baltimore restaurateur C.H. Otto Schellhase and his wife

Photograph Signed “Sally Rand, Sepiatone, 8” x 9.75”. She has penned, in full, “To Mr. and Mrs. Schellhase’s / Gratefully / Sally Rand.” Schellhase’s was a Baltimore restaurant. Mild rippling and creases at upper and lower edges. Fine condition.

“The Baltimore Sun” reported on April 6, 1997, “If Baltimore ever had an Algonquin-style round table, where wits and pundits gathered over a good drink or two, it was at Schellhase's. Its dark, high-ceilinged rooms, bentwood chairs and circular tables once reverberated with the laughter and repartee of such 1920s and 1930s luminaries as critic Alexander Woollcott, screen siren Ruth Chatterton, publisher Alfred A. Knopf, Sinclair Lewis, Henry Fonda, Margaret Sullavan and Edgar Lee Masters. It was reported that sisters Lillian and Dorothy Gish, while dining there with H. L. Mencken, another habitue, amused themselves by feeding their puppy samples of the restaurant's famed beefsteak tartare…

“The walls of Schellhase's hold lasting evidence of hundreds of guests who left autographed photographs behind," reported The Sun in 1954 at the time of the death of C. H. Otto Schellhase, who established the restaurant. Schellhase, an immigrant German waiter, arrived in Baltimore in 1906 and opened his first eating house at the corner of Howard and Franklin streets in 1924. Quickly gaining favor as a refuge for denizens of the night, his restaurant moved to North Howard Street in 1935. It was also home for years to H. L. Mencken and his famed Saturday Night Club. They met there weekly to drink beer and play music…”

Item: 56825

Price: $250.00
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