Lot 154: 2 Autographed Guest Books: Paul Young's in Wash DC
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [Celebrity Autographs] 2 autographed Guest Books from the Washington DC Continental restaurant Paul Young's. Considered one of the finest dining spots in the city before and after WWII, along with the Jockey Club, Sans Souci and Duke's, Young's became a fixture on the DC social scene after hosting private dinners celebrating Pres. Kennedy's inauguration. Autographs from Washington politicos, scientists, royalty and Hollywood celebrities. ++ First guest book begins Sep.15, 1960, and ends on the first leaf, Aug. 9, 1961, over 60 signatures including Raymond Burr; Janet Leigh Curtis; Tony Curtis; comedian Joey Lewis; actor Mary Pickford and her husband Buddy Rogers; Laurence Olivier (Oct. 17, 1960); Joe E. Lewis (boxer, 7th signature, Oct. 1960); Frank Sinatra (2nd from bottom of 1st page, with Name Some Place as hometown); Kay Thompson (wrote the Eloise series of childrens books, adding New York, the Plaza last on 1st leaf); Peter & Patricia Lawford (JFKs brother-in-law and sister); Lowell Thomas; poet Robert Lowell; Mario Moreno Cantinflas; oceanographer Jacques Piccard; Miko Taka; Morton Downey; Karl Malden; Barry Goldwater (1964 Republican Presidential candidate from Arizona); Wernher von Braun; Hugh OBrian; etc. 4to. Red cloth faux leather. Very good. ++ Earlier second guest book in brown contains roughly 200 signatures, May 13, 1937 to Nov. 19, 1941. Most give the name of their home town. Signed twice by Jack Dempsey (both Mar. 3, 1938, but on different leaves). Includes orchestra leader Ben Bernie (B. Bernie, Sep. 22, 1938, with small newspaper clipping taped to same leaf related to him being treated for a stomach disorder with Oct. 6 dateline); Congressman Jerry Voorhis; band leader Abe Lyman. Lionel Stander; Montana Congressman Jerry OConnell; Robert Briscoe (first Jewish Lord Mayor of Dublin, sgd. From Eire); signer Buddy Clark; singer Helen Forrest and Arctic explorer Hubert Wilkins. A few signatures have a notation (Rep.) in another hand to indicate that they are a member of the House: Leon Sacks (Philadelphia); John M. Coffee (Tacoma, Wash.) and Thomas A. McGrail (Irwin, Penn., May 14, 1937); and an unidentified House member from Stamford, Conn., Dec. 16, 1937. Signatures in different languages including Hebrew & Japanese. Oblong 8vo. Brown cloth faux leather. Binding is internally slightly weak at Nov. 1937. 3.8 Lb. 3.8 Lb.