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Original 1951 Shamrock Restaurant Hotel Menu Hand Signed Margaret Whiting Coa Tx For Sale
Original 1951 Shamrock Hotel Menu signed by "MARGARET WHITING"
Shamrock Restaurant & Hotel Menu from 1951 in Houston Texas
This item came from a BIG Collection of items obtained directley from the owners of the Shamrock Restaurant & Hotel...
signed byMARGARET WHITING (100 % AUTHENTIC)on the actual menu with her portrait
Measures 10 1/2" x 14 1/2"
The condition I would say is good for it's age - yellowing a bit some places a bit darker than others. Some staining around the edges as seen in the photo... BUT the signature itself is one of the nicest autographs I've seen by her.
GLENN H. H. McCARTHY (1907-1988), the owner of the Shamrock was an Oil Tycoon. He was a rags to riches oil tycoon, called "King of the Wildcatters" and "Diamond Jim." In 1949 McCarthy spent the then enormous sum of $21 million to build the Shamrock Hotel, a lavish - some said garish- facility on the outskirts of Houston. On St Patrick's Day, 1949, McCarthy held a spectacular Grand Opening, spending $1 million and flying in celebrity guests on an airliner purchased from Howard Hughes. The Emerald Room, the Shamrock's nightclub, featured celebrated entertainers and a weekly radio broadcast, Saturday at the Shamrock. He often gathered signatures from his customers. Despite the national attention it earned, the Shamrock was not a financial success. McCarthy - in temporary financial trouble - was forced to sell it to the Hilton Hotels in 1955. (An undaunted McCarthy went on to become President of Eastern Airlines, and to own enterprises ranging from a bourbon whiskey brand to a movie production company.) McCarthy was the model for Jeff Rink in Edna Ferber's novel Giant (1952), and was played by James Dean in the 1956 film version. The Shamrock was donated to the Texas Medical Center and demolished, over the protests of historic preservationists, in 1988. Gail who most of the menus were made out to was his daughter.
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Original 1951 Shamrock Restaurant Hotel Menu Hand Signed Margaret Whiting Coa Tx: $16