Manufacturer: Shenango China
User: The Alps Restaurant – New York City
Date of service plate: circa 1930s – 1940s
Notes: The Alps Restaurant in New York City was located at the corner of 58th Street and Sixth Avenue. It is not known when this restaurant opened or closed; however, in an article in Restaurant-ingThroughHistory.com by Jan Whitaker, dated July 12, 2020, she writes about a diary kept by Josephine Sherwood Hull over a five-year period, 1920 until 1925.
In this article she states the following: "Josephine Sherwood began her theater career not long after her 1899 graduation from Radcliffe College, where she had participated in amateur theatrics. In 1909, she married actor Shelley Hull and retired from legitimate theater. But after he died in 1919 – a sudden victim of the "Spanish" flu raging through the U.S. – she resumed her theater career as an actor and director."
According to Hull's diary, "Her favorite dinner spot was a popular restaurant on 6th Avenue established in 1907 called The Alps."
White body vitrified service plate with a wide green band covering the entire rim except for edge and the top of the verge. The outer edge of the rim has a medium thick red line, and the top of the verge has thin line in the same red. In the center of the well is the restaurant's logo which consists of the words "The Alps" in a font that looks like broken tree branches.
ID, information, and photos: Stephanie Michaels Carr
Author: Ed Phillips