Postcard for Sugar Ray's Cafe

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2 images
Printed by
Eagle Post Card Co., American, 1910 - 1954
Subject of
Hedley, Mike, American
Sugar Ray's Cafe, American, founded 1946
"Sugar" Robinson, Ray, American, 1921 - 1989
ink on cardboard
H x W: 3 1/2 × 5 1/2 in. (8.9 × 14 cm)
Place depicted
Harlem, New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Postcard for Sugar Ray's Cafe. The front of this postcard is broken into five sections. The top sections are photographic images of the interior of the club. The top left hand section shows a long rectangular bar, with a line of stools around its perimeter, and rows of bottles along the back of the bar. The top right hand section depicts a line of booths and tables across from the bar. They are set up against a wall that is decorated with large images of Sugar Ray Robinson in boxing attire. In between the two sections is a white rectangle with the words "THE/ SHOW/ PLACE/ OF/ HARLEM." The bottom sections show two photographs and an illustration. The left most image is a photographic image of a man in a suit. Shown from chest up, he turns his head to the left, smiling towards the camera. His image is contained in a circular portrait frame, with a name running beneath "Mike Hedley, mgr." On the opposite side is a similar frame with the image of Sugar Ray Robinson, shown from the chest up. Printed below the image is the name "Ray 'Sugar' Robinson. In between the two images is an illustration of the exterior of the club. The name "SUGAR RAY'S" is in large cursive letters above the door. Directly over the door is an awning with the name "SUGAR RAY'S" across the front and along the sides. The door has a large round window in the top half. There is a long rectangular window along the front wall with curtains and the word "Restaurant" across it.
The back is a postcard format with a blank space on the right hand side with the words "Photo Gloss/ Post Card." At the top right hand corner is a rectangle with the words "You/ Write it/ We/ Mail it." On the left hand side is a blank space. At the top of the space are the words "SUAGR RAY'S CAFE/ 2074 - 7th AVE., AT 124th., N.Y.C./ Owned by Sugar Ray Robinson, Welterweight Champion of the World - and Managed by Mike Hedley./ Famous for Steaks, Chops and Southern Fried Chicken./ Air-Conditioned Phone:9-8797/ Best of food, liquors and wine/ Just the place you would want/ to dine. Sugar Ray." Dividing the left and right section, running vertically, are the words "Eagle Post Card View Co., New York 1, N.Y." There is a blurred stamp below the words.
African American
Cooking and dining
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vicki Gold Levi
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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