Autograph Album.- Incl. Agatha Christie
Guest Book from the White Room, a bar off Shaftesbury Avenue which flourished in the 1930s and 40s, and especially during the Second World War. It contains autographs and notes from notable American and British soldiers, authors, actors and other people of note, including: signed photograph of Fred Astaire, Keith B. Nelsin, Gavin Fisher-Rowe, actor Michael Redgrave ‘To my dear friend Erna: my most warm good wishes- Michael Redgrave” 27 September 1943; author Agatha Christie ‘Agatha Christie’, Douglas Drygle, stage, screen and radio actress Evelyn Laye, her husband and Actor Frank Lewton, Actor Dennis Price, Glen F Allen, Bobbie M. Royerson, E. Ward Hiller, Dorothy Berter, Jimmy Maloney, Georgia Davidson, capt. J. F. Nagle, Lt. Troy On, J. Hornbury, Bill Sykes, signed photograph of radio presenter Keith Jameson, Kip Hayden, Johnny Wisher, Tim Erington, Bob Palmer, Jacques P. Ledevey, Peter Kellog, Herald Kennedy, John Howard, Capt E. J. Seward, Dick Moulton, John Mills, Patrick Friend, Bhal Sewai, Robin Cornell, Dick Willis, Bill Jacobson Jr, Jphn Macdonald, Dora Alefaude, Herb ‘Hub’ Behrens, Elmes J. Mandel, Actor Tom Gile, Stephen David Price, Reginald Coreyths, Capt. Jack Waugh, Howard J. Hughes, Percy Blackwell, stage actor Christopher Hewett, Lt. Casey Jones, Cpt. Jack O’Connell, actor Basil Retford, George Washington, Frederick Ashton, and many others, some slight toning, contemporary red morocco, spine damaged, rubbed, 8vo, 1943.
***Under several soldiers messages is the date and cause of death ‘Killed in Action’. The White Room is also important in LGBTQA history as ‘a place for American servicemen to enter gay life and to latch on to some dizzying gay gossip’ [Field, 2007].