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Thanks for this nice post. The Manuscripts and Archives Division is one of the great resources of NYC, and your staff is incredible. I think I may have been one of the first researchers to draw extensively upon the Byrnes Collection. It's truly a wonderful collection, because Mr. Byrnes kept everything, from the time he was a stockboy in the 1920s to the 1980s when he retired as an executive. One thing that I find interesting is that there was an automat in NYC prior to Horn & Hardart. It opened just south of Union Square in 1902 and was quite elegant, serving highballs and other mixed drinks. But it seems as if the European owners ran out of money, as the establishment went under within a few years of opening. Also, back to Horn & Hardart, a small remnant of the original Art Nouveau ceiling decoration can still be seen at the 1557 Broadway site today, between 46th and 47th streets. The space is now Grand Slam, a souvenir emporium.

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