Souvenir and Book of Information of San Francisco Published by and Compliments of Newman’s New Russ House… [cover title].
Pictorial souvenir of a San Francisco luxury hotel destroyed in the city’s 1906 earthquake
Advertising with dogs. Rare, possibly unrecorded, c.1903 illustrated souvenir book of “Newman’s New Russ House,” a San Francisco luxury hotel later destroyed in the city’s devastating 1906 earthquake. Numerous half tone photographs include interior views of the hotel, San Francisco, and a portrait of the hotel’s proprietor, Charles Newman.
The hotel was famous for its St. Bernard dogs, “Dewey” (possibly named for Admiral Dewey) and “Golden Lion,” who frequently visited the hotel’s lobby. Mrs. Newman is noted here for her “World Famous Enchiladas,” a heaping plate of which is shown. One photograph even shows a gang of newsboys eating enchiladas in the hotel bar. There are numerous photographs of these dogs and other dogs and of the trotting horses Newman raced. His unusual choice of dogs and sporting panache, no doubt, were part of the hotel’s marketing effort.
The souvenir includes a facsimile of the hotel’s “Daily Bill of Fare” or menu, information on San Francisco, and numerous display advertisements for local businesses and services. Interior views of the hotel show the billiard’s room, lobby-like business office, typical apartment rooms (including the “Turkish Room” and the “Bridal Chamber”), the dining room, kitchen, barber shop (7 chairs), the “Gentlemen’s Cafe” bar, lunch counter, and wine cellar as well as some of the artwork in the public areas.
Remarkably fresh copy preserving the memory of a great hotel. No copies found in OCLC or OAC.
Description: Souvenir and Book of Information of San Francisco Published by and Compliments of Newman’s New Russ House… [cover title].
San Francisco: The Gabriel Printing Co. [c.1903]. pp. Booklet. 7½ x 9¼ inches. Yellow pictorial wrappers with red, white, and blue twisted cord tie. Numerous illustrations from half tones; ads. Legend “Brown & Halstead, Advertects” imprinted on upper cover. Two unobtrusive blemishes and light soiling to upper cover; otherwise, near fine.
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