The Girl who ordered a glass of milk at the Cafe Royal
Illustration by H. M. Bateman showing a blushing young woman regretting her decision to order a glass of milk in London's fashionable Cafe Royal because of the laughter and ridicule the request has generated, including that of her waiter. Bateman (1887-1970) was a popular artist and regularly contributed to the Sketch, the Tatler and the Bystander. His efficient, bold style depicting social faux-pas was ground breaking for its time and his work is a brilliant reflection of the period.
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Le Ciel - Paris Cabaret Nightclub - Inreior
The Interior of Le Ciel - Montmartre, Paris Cabaret Nightclub. The Cabaret du Ciel (Cabaret of Heaven) was an early version of modern theme restaurants, with a theme centered around celestial concepts connected to the afterlife in Paradise (note the waiters and waitresses in full costume!). Inside the restaurant, beer was served, and the customers were greeted by acts such as angels playing music, St. Peter sprinkling holy water from the heavens, as well as reenactments of scenes related to Dante's Inferno. Date: circa 1905
The Bill by Douglas Mackenzie
"The Bill": An old comedy in one act. Covent Garden Ball Supper. Time: 2 A.M. Naughty Old Gentleman (between his teeth): Dear me! An elderly man taking out a glamorous young woman (perhaps an actress) for dinner is rather taken aback by the size of their bill brought by the waiter. Date: 1899
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