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The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

The University of Houston's Digital Library has put together a collection of menus, programs and other material from the legendary Shamrock Hotel, which stood near where the Medical Center is today and was a little bit of Vegas in Space City.

The library worked with the school's Hospitality Industry Archives to put it together, and it's just now gone up, Michelle Reilly, the head of digital services for the UH Libraries, tells Hair Balls.

The entire exhibit is here, but let's look at some highlights.

From the same brochure as the first picture, the Shamrock in all its `70s glory
From the same brochure as the first picture, the Shamrock in all its `70s glory
The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

You couldn't buy any hard liquor at the bar, but an "ice and rainwater" set-up for your discreetly brown-bagged Scotch was only 40 cents. Schlitz or Bud for 55 cents, a Guinness for 75 cents and Sparkling Champale was available if your were feeling really romantic.

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

The (semi-) stars come out at night for a big baseball dinner. We've heard of some of these guys!!

 

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

A classy ball for a classy guy: LBJ.

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

Fancy it up all you want, it's still steak and potatoes, with some veggies and ice cream thrown in.

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

From a program for the evening's entertainment sometime in the `50s: Apparently they had "You just might be a redneck" jokes back then, too. Lum & Abner: Gone, but forgotten.

 

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

The in-house newsletter is abuzz about a presidential visit, even if that president is Jerry Ford.

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

Room service in 1949 -- You could blow four bucks on the caviar, but you'll probably opt for the $1.25 shrimp cocktail instead.

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

More `70s opulence.

 

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

Note: Both the dress shop and the beauty salon are "exclusive." So keep on walking, riffraff.

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

The St. Patrick's Day festivities in 1950 included Dinah Shore and "Pineapple Surprise au Kirsch."

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

A napkin from a dinner honoring General Douglas MacArthur, presumably after he'd gotten fired by President Harry Truman for trying to start World War III.

 

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

The Shamrock, all dolled up for Christmas 1950.

The Storied Shamrock Hotel: UH Opens Its Digital Vaults

Sadly, nattily behatted and bowtied sir, we can't.


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