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The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925

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Franklin Abbott

Achmed Abdullah

Mary Aldis

George William Amis

Sherwood Anderson

Egmont Arens

Mary Austin

Eugene S. Bagger


Winslow M. Bell

William Rose Benét

Florence Blackstone

Paul J. Blackstone

David William Bone

Albert Boni

Charles Boni

Ernest Augustus Boyd

Will Bradley

Berton Braley

Max M. Breslow

Heywood Broun

Albert Brush

Arthur Caesar

Henry Seidel Canby

Jonathan Cape

Gene Carr

Oscar Edward Cesare

Christine Challenger

Betty Ross Clarke

Helen Louise Cohen

Alta May Coleman

Seward Collins

Frank Conroy

George Cram Cook

John Cournos

Bosworth Crocker

J. Vincent Crowne

Homer Croy

Mary Carolyn Davies

Helena Smith Dayton

Fred Erving Dayton

Floyd Dell

S. A. DeWitt

Roy Dickinson

Charles Divine

Alice Willits Donaldson

John Dos Passos

Theodore Dreiser

Joseph Drum

Robert L. Eaton

Laurie York Erskine

Wilfred Ewart

Henry Guy Fangel

John Chipman Farrar

Hugh Ferriss

Arthur Davison Ficke

John Bernard Flannagan

Dwight Franklin

James Earle Fraser

Joseph Lewis French

Robert Frothingham

Barney Gallant

Porter Garnett

Susan Glaspell

Montague Glass

Joseph Gollomb

Herbert S. Gorman

Stephen Graham

Dorothy L. A. Grant

Harry Wagstaff Gribble

William Gropper

Louise Closser Hale

Harry Hansen

Sadakichi Hartmann

Josephine Herbst

John Herrmann

W. E. Hill

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Robert Cortes Holliday

Terence Holliday

Guy Holt

Holland Hudson

Peter Lord Templeton Hunt

Frank Townsend Hutchens

Lewis Jackson

Norman Jacobsen

Rutger Bleecker Jewett

Orrick Johns

Merle De Vore Johnson

Jeanne Judson

Harry Kemp

Bernice Lesbia Kenyon

John G. Kidd

William A. (William Albion) Kittredge

Eastwood Lane

Lawrence Langner

Christian Leden

Courtenay Lemon

Sinclair Lewis

Ludwig Lewisohn

Max Liebermann

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay

Preston Lockwood

Hendrick Willem Van Loon

Lingard Loud

Pierre Loving

Orson Lowell

C. R. Macauley

Kenneth Macgowan

Lawton Mackall

Hector MacQuarrie

John Albert Macy

Jane Mander

Don Marquis

H. A. Mathes

William McFee

Alexander McKay

Hawley McLanahan

Charles M. McLean

Ada Jaffray McVickar

Scudder Middleton

George Middleton

John Mistletoe

Roy Mitchell

Christopher Morley

Robert Nathan

Dudley Nichols

Robert Nichols

Charles Norman

Joseph Jefferson O'Neil

Florence O'Neill

Ivan Opffer

Martha Ostenso

Lou Paley

Edmund Lester Pearson

Basil H. Pillard

Ethel McClellan Plummer

Alexander Popini

William MacLeod Raine

Ben Ray Redman

Charles J. Reed

Lola Ridge

Felix Riesenberg

W. Adolphe Roberts

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin (Ted) Meade Robinson

Bruce Rogers

L. Stuart Rose

Herb Roth

Edward Royce

Tony Sarg

Jacob Salwyn Schapiro

Walter Schnackenberg

Thomas Seltzer

Fern Forrester Shay

Margaret Badollet Caldwell Shotwell

Emil Siebern

Upton Sinclair

John Sloan

Thorne Smith

David Tosh Smith

Robert A. Smith

Charles Somerville

Vincent Starrett

Vilhjalmur Stefansson

Donald Ogden Stewart

Gordon Stiles

Emily Strunsky

Genevieve Taggard

Gardner Teall

Sara Teasdale

Lloyd M. Thomas

Basil Thompson

Paul Thompson

Helen Thurlow

Adolph Treidler

Peter Underhill

Harvey P. Vaughn

Walter Vodges

C. A. Voight

Mary Heaton Vorse

Webb Waldron

J. Leeming Walker

Foster Ware

John V. A. Weaver

Luther E. Widen

Edward Arthur Wilson

Lily Winner

Robert L. Wolf

Cuthbert Wright


Theodore F. Zucker


Location on door: front, panel 3






Three Hours for Lunch Club



The humorist and critic Alexander Lawton Mackall (1888-1968) is best remembered for his writings on food, wine, and restaurants, though he wrote on many subjects in his long career and even wrote part of at least one screenplay, for the 1932 Gary Cooper picture, If I Had a Million. A graduate of Lawrenceville School and then Yale, he worked for Century and Vanity Fair magazines and Schirmer music publishers early in his career before becoming  the managing editor of the humorous magazine Judge in the mid-1910s. By the late 1910s, he was known for his comic pieces in various magazines and in 1920 he published his first book, a satire on women's suffrage called Scrambled Eggs: A Barnyard Fantasy, written from the perspective of a drake about his duck wife and her eggs. He was a close friend of Christopher Morley, who, in his book Plum Pudding (1921), documented some of the awful puns Mackall contributed to the meetings of the Three Hours for Lunch Club. In the 1930s, Mackall wrote regular articles on wine and other drinks for Esquire magazine. His 1948 guidebook, Knife and Fork in New York, is a famous volume in the history of restaurant reviewing.

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    Creator: Unidentified photographer

    Title: Photograph of men lawn bowling

    Description: Typed note on reverse reads "Lawn bowls at the Peony Party given for authors and friends in the gardens of the Country Life Press, by Doubleday, Page & Co., Garden City, N. Y. (last week). / Reading from left to right: Arthur Elder, Robert Cortes Holliday, Christopher Morley, Homer Croy, F. H. Doubleday, Lawton Mackall. In the center Horace (Doubleday) the St. Bernard dog can be seen interrupting the game.

    Item Date: undated

    Medium: Gelatin silver print

    Dimensions: 8 in. x 10 in.

    Material Type: Photograph

    Curatorial Department: Photography Collection

    Collection Name: Christopher Morley Literary File Photography Collection

    Stack Location: Box 3, Folder P244

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A photograph of men lawn-bowling at a party, undated

Mackall and his publishing friends, several of them visitors to Shay's bookshop, are seen in this photograph. A typed note on the back describes the scene:  "Lawn bowls at the Peony Party given for authors and friends in the gardens of the Country Life Press, by Doubleday, Page & Co., Garden City, N. Y. (last week). / Reading from left to right: Arthur Elder, Robert Cortes Holliday, Christopher Morley, Homer Croy, F. H. Doubleday, Lawton Mackall. In the center Horace (Doubleday) the St. Bernard dog can be seen interrupting the game."