Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 14:50:57 -0500
From: Ronald Butters amspeech[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ACPUB.DUKE.EDU
Subject: Re: AUTOMAT
On Fri, 24 Nov 1995, Allan M. Siegal wrote:
Yes, and apologies. I had the timing wrong in my earlier post. The last
Automat, at Lexington and 42d, closed in 1990. The Horn & Hardart Company
has since changed its name, too. I discovered my date error soon after
posting, but neglected to correct myself. Thanks.
Allan M. Siegal
Assistant Managing Editor
The New York Times
On the early history of automats, see George Chauncey's WONDERFUL book,
GAY NEW YORK: GENDER, URBAN CULTURE, AND THE MAKING OF THE GAY MALE
WORLD, 1890-1940. The automats, by the way (he indicates), were popular
meeting places for gay men in the 1920s and 1930s.