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The Waldorf=Astoria has cultivated a long tradition of hosting high-profile events and providing a stage for major musicians and performers from all over the world. The photographs and other materials in this collection cover a wide variety of special events and celebrations of important moments in history. Everything from Guy Lombardo’s annual New Year’s Eve Galas to a celebration of the end of Prohibition to Economic Club Luncheons to the height of elegant New York City night life is represented here. The Starlight Roof, Empire Room and Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel have all served as a platform for an impressive list of entertainers, musicians, comedians as well as politicians.
The Waldorf=Astoria celebrates its Golden Anniversary with a 21-foot-tall cake, the Grand Ballroom, 1981
Black and white photograph depicting the party celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel, 1981.
Black and white photograph depicting party goers celebrating at the New Year's Eve Gala held in the Grand Ballroom, 1981.
Black and white photograph depicting Oscar Tschirky enjoying his first glass of beer at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel following the end of Prohibition, c. December 1933.
Black and white photograph depicting Oscar Tschirky opening the first bottle of alcohol at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel following the end of Prohibition in the United States, c. December 1933.
Benjamin DeCasseres, prominent author and "Bon Vivant", about to take the first legal drink upon the ratification of repeal of the 18th Amendment. By arrangement of United Press the moment repeal was signed in Salt Lake City, Utah, it was flashed to…
Black and white photograph depicting Oscar Tschirky and the kitchen staff celebrating the end of Prohibition at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, c. December 1933.
Black and white photograph depicting Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra performing at Latin Night at the Starlight Roof, date unknown.
Black and white photograph depicting the United Nations Children's Fund Gala Dinner Dance also celebrating the Waldorf=Astoria's Silver Anniversary held in the Grand Ballroom, September 28, 1956.