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Robert F. Byrnes collection of automat memorabilia

Title
Robert F. Byrnes collection of automat memorabilia, 1912-1990s bulk (1940-1960s).
Author
Byrnes, Robert F.
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Mixed materialPermit neededAvailableMssCol 448Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328

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Description
15 linear ft. (37 boxes, 3 volumes).
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Ephemera.
  • Photographs.
Access (note)
  • Apply to Manuscripts and Archives Division for access at http://www.nypl.org/mssref
Source (note)
  • Byrnes, Robert F.
Biography (note)
  • Robert F. Byrnes, the donor of the collection, spent his entire sixty-three-year career with Horn & Hardart, a company whose name is synonymous with automats.
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  • Catalogued
Call Number
MssCol 448
Author
Byrnes, Robert F., collector.
Title
Robert F. Byrnes collection of automat memorabilia, 1912-1990s bulk (1940-1960s).
Summary
The collection is a selection of records of the Horn & Hardart Co. of New York and its parent company, the Horn & Hardart Baking Co. of Philadelphia. The collection contains administrative records, legal and financial documents, photographs, and printed and ephemeral material of the Horn & Hardart Co. of New York, and a smaller quantity of records of the Horn & Hardart Baking Co. of Philadelphia.
Restricted Access
Apply to Manuscripts and Archives Division for access at http://www.nypl.org/mssref
Biography
Robert F. Byrnes, the donor of the collection, spent his entire sixty-three-year career with Horn & Hardart, a company whose name is synonymous with automats. Automats were economically-priced restaurants that dispensed servings of food through coin- or token-operated machinery. In 1902, Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart opened the first Automat in the United States, in Philadelphia. Byrnes began working for the company as an office boy. He became Controller of the company in 1953, and his ascent in management continued in subsequent years to the positions of Treasurer and Vice President. He retired as Executive Vice President of Horn & Hardart Co., New York, in 1988. Byrnes died in 2000.
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Horn & Hardart Co.
Horn & Hardart Baking Co.
Research Call Number
MssCol 448
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