Mr. Shor seated at the bar at his restaurant

Mr. Shor seated at the bar at his restaurant - Image:AP

Mr. Toots Shor was a restaurateur and owner of the legendary Old New York restaurant “Toots Shor’s Restaurant”.  Mr. Shor kept close friends such as Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe and just about every important celebrity from the 1940’s-1950’s.  Mr. Sintara even mentions Toot Shor’s Restaurant in his duet with Sammy Davis Jr., “My Shadow and Me”.  Check out some of the great paraphanelia and images below.

Toot's Menu

Toot's Menu - Image: http://www.tipsontables.com

Toots Shor's Restaurant - By Leroy Neiman

Toots Shor's Restaurant - By Leroy Neiman

Detail of Mr. Neiman's painting featuring Mr. Shor & Mr. Sinatra seated at the bar

Detail of Mr. Neiman's painting featuring Mr. Shor & Mr. Sinatra seated at the bar

Older Menu signed by Babe Ruth

Older Menu signed by Babe Ruth

Matchbook signed by Mr. Shor - Image:www.deansandfranks.com

Matchbook signed by Mr. Frank Sinatra - Image:www.deansandfranks.com

Ash tray

Ash tray

Toots all business in the corner with Jackie Gleason, Don Larson, and Frank Scott

Mr. Shor is all business in the corner with Jackie Gleason, Don Larson, and Frank Scott

There’s some great footage of Toots and the restaurant in the clip below:

CBS Style

January 17, 2009

CBS Blackrock Building in New York City

CBS Blackrock Building in New York City

The following photographs are from the LIFE Magazine photography archive.   Here is  a look back at some of the people and places that made CBS such a stylish and illustrious network.

Busy scene in CBS newsroom on election night - November 1952

Busy scene in CBS newsroom on election night - November 1952

TV entertainer, Jackie Gleason, sitting at coffee table, signing new contract with CBS while manager and executives watch - 1956

TV entertainer, Jackie Gleason, sitting at coffee table, signing new contract with CBS while manager and executives watch - 1956

Actors John Ericson (L) and Ralph Bellamy (R) rehearsing scene for Playhouse 90 "Heritage of Anger" at CBS TV City - 1956

Actors John Ericson (L) and Ralph Bellamy (R) rehearsing scene for Playhouse 90 "Heritage of Anger" at CBS TV City - 1956

Composer Frank Loesser, CBS TV producer Edward R. Murrow, Samuel Goldwyn (L-R) & unident. others in Goldwyn's office during CBS crew's visit to set of filming of motion picture "Hans Christian Andersen" - 1952

Composer Frank Loesser, CBS TV producer Edward R. Murrow, Samuel Goldwyn (L-R) & unident. others in Goldwyn's office during CBS crew's visit to set of filming of motion picture "Hans Christian Andersen" - 1952

CBS News correspondent Daniel Schorr working at press table (pipe in mouth) w. unident. others during Watergate hearings - June 1973

CBS News correspondent Daniel Schorr working at press table (pipe in mouth) w. unident. others during Watergate hearings - June 1973

CBS President Frank Stanton sitting at his desk - 1948

CBS President Frank Stanton sitting at his desk - 1948

Designer William Golden with his new "eye design" logo for CBS which was influence by "Shaker Design"

Designer William Golden with his new "eye design" logo for CBS which was influence by "Shaker Design"

CBS White House correspondent Robert Pierpoint - 1965

CBS White House correspondent Robert Pierpoint - 1965

Dr. George Gallup appearing on CBS-Television series called "America Speaks." - 1948

Dr. George Gallup appearing on CBS-Television series called "America Speaks." - 1948

CBS Pres. Fred Friendly - 1967

CBS Pres. Fred Friendly - 1967

Actor Bob Crosby working on a TV commercial at CBS TV City - 1956

Actor Bob Crosby working on a TV commercial at CBS TV City - 1956

Overall exterior view of new CBS Television City complex, consisting of offices and station studios - 1952

Overall exterior view of new CBS Television City complex, consisting of offices and station studios - 1952

Pres. of CBS Frank Stanton - 1966

Pres. of CBS Frank Stanton - 1966

Chairman of CBS William Paley - 1966

Chairman of CBS William Paley - 1966

Men working in the control room of CBS TV City - 1956

Men working in the control room of CBS TV City - 1956

Pres. of CBS Frank Stanton - 1966

Pres. of CBS Frank Stanton - 1966

CBS newman Walter Cronkite filing a report - 1956

CBS newsman Walter Cronkite filing a report - 1956

Mr. Frank Sinatra during recording session at CBS - 1947

Mr. Frank Sinatra during recording session at CBS - 1947

Al Hirschfeld with daughter Nina - 1961 (Image LIFE Archive)

Al Hirschfeld with daughter Nina - 1961 (Image LIFE Archive)

Al Hirschfeld was an American cartoonist known for his amazing caricature portraits of celebrities.  Hirschfeld also liked to hide the name of his daughter “Nina” in his cartoons.  Below are a small selection of some of my favorites.

TV Guide cover from November 3, 1956 featuring Edward R. Murrow

TV Guide cover from November 3, 1956 featuring Edward R. Murrow

Rod Serling

Rod Serling

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

John Lennon

John Lennon