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Hector's Cafeteria menu, Handwritten by Bernard Fread

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Title Hector's Cafeteria menu, Handwritten by Bernard Fread
Description Hector's Cafeteria, of which there were four in and around midtown Manhattan by 1955, was a popular hangout for many Beat writers. Jack Kerouac begins On the Road with Dean and Marylou grabbing a bite to eat at the Hector's on Broadway and 50th Street, not far from the bus depot. Kerouac wrote the prose fragment manuscript below, "Last of the Old West," at a Hector's Cafeteria.

The Hector's Cafeteria menu above, from the 42nd Street and 7th Avenue location, was handwritten and annotated by menu donor Bernard Fread. This Hector's closed in 1968; the last remaining Hector's, on 44th Street and Broadway, closed two years later.
Creator Bernard Fread
Source Rare Book Division
Date November 30, 1965
Relation New York

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Bernard Fread, “Hector's Cafeteria menu, Handwritten by Bernard Fread,” Lunch Hour NYC, accessed December 15, 2017, http://exhibitions.nypl.org/lunchhour/items/show/400.

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