Soda Jerk Slang & Coney Island Chicken (Winchell, 1933)

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   Bad news & good news from the Cuban National Library.
   The bad news is, as expected, the library is awful.  No computers or copiers that I could see, or even microfilm machines.  The cookbooks that I looked up in the card catalog didn´t seem very interesting  The Library of Congress has HAVANA POST (1900-1960), HAVANA TELEGRAM (1922-1938), and HAVANA, THE MAGAZINE OF CUBA (1929-1930), and I´ll check them out next week.  This library has the same thing.
   I said what I wanted (newspapers in English), and was brought just the HAVANA EVENING TELEGRAM for 1933.  I read the entire year.
   The good news is that Walter Winchell´s column was in the newspaper, I hadn´t read Winchell in 1933, and it´s a goldmine!

3 February 1933, pg. 4, col. 2:
   _Add Slanguage._
   The slanguage used by the waiters of Dinty Moore's restaurant fascinated us the other sundown when, while seated in the rear near the chef, we heard a waiter ask for: "Two nose warmers!"
   "What's a nose warmer?" we asked Moore.
   "Consomme in a cup," he explained, as he told the chef to prepare "five bouquets."
   "What's a bouquet?" we asked.
   "A side order of lettuce with a slice of tomato on top!"

1 June 1933, pg. 2, col. 3:
   A Hollywood soda-jerker forwards rthis glossary of soda-fountain lingo out there..."Shoot one" and "Draw one" is one coke and one coffee..."Shoot one in the red!" means a cherry coke...An "echo" is a repeat order..."Eighty-six" means all out of it..."Eighty-one" is a glass of water..."Thirteen" means one of the big bosses is drifting around...A "red ball" is an orangeade..."Squeeze one" is a limeade..."Eighty-nine" means that a movie player of importance is in the store, and "Twisted, choke and make it cackle!" means a chocolate malted milk--with an egg in it.

10 June 1933, pg. 2, col. 2:
   _Soda Jerker Slang._
   J. A. J. argues that the contributor from Hollywood who supplied the recent soda jerker slanguage here was behind the times.  In New York, for instance, near Loew´s State, this is how the lingoes:
   A "bale of hay" or a "stack of straw" is a dish of strawberry ice cream.  "Draw a pair" is two cups of coffee--and when the boss is out, the signal for the crew is a "pair of draws!"

8 July 1933, pg. 2, col. 2:
   The grandest way to fry eggs!  Arthur Hornblow of the United Artists Studio made it popular in Hollywood...He first knifes thick slices of French bread, and then scoops out most of the white part, leaving a little of it on the rim of the crust--which is heavily buttered (the inside of the crust)...He then drops the egg into the circles of thick slices of bread--and there you are.

10 October 1933, pg. 2, col. 2:
   When the first half of the 2nd game was dull I got a laugh out of a flip-crackling hot-dog vendor, who kept yelling: "Here ya are!  Get ya hot franks--better known as Coney Island chicken!"

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