Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 14:50:57 -0500 From: Ronald Butters 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.